Perspectives: A Publication of the early Childhood Music and Movement Association

Perspectives: A Publication of the early Childhood Music and Movement Association


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  • The Importance of Music in Early Childhood: Perspectives from Research and Practice

    Author Helga Rut Gudmundsdottir

    Music seems to elicit strong reactions from infants. Those who spend some time with infants and small children have probably noticed that music attracts their attention very easily - whether it is through recordings, musical toys, live instruments, human singing or other forms. Music often induces physical reactions such as rhythmic movements followed by positive emotional behaviour that looks very much like dancing and musical enjoyment in older children and adults. Parents and caretakers are often amazed at these responses in very young infants because such responses give an impression of a sophisticated perception and behaviour not necessarily associated with early infancy. But how much is known about the musical abilities of infants and toddlers? And what can this information tell us about the role of music in the life of infants and toddlers?

    As a music educator and a mother of three, I have long been fascinated…

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