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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Journal of the Early Childhood Music & Movement Association, established to provide a network of communication, encourage teacher development, and advocate education of parents, classroom teachers and administrators.

 

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  • The Power of Praise: Encouraging Young Musicians Through Process Praise

    Author Alissa Chitwood

    Picture that as children show up to music class, Devynn, an outgoing and musically talented 4-year-old, asks to sing you a song. You agree, and she sings a boisterous and energetic version of “I’m A Little Teapot” that she recently learned from her preschool teacher. Her enthusiasm and performance was touching and reminded you of why you love teaching music, enhanced by moments such as this. “Bravo,” you remark. “That was sung beautifully. What a great singer you are. Thank you for sharing.” Devynn beams with pride and you continue with your lesson for the day.

    In another class you have Sammy, a particularly shy 5-year-old boy. Usually when Sammy participates it is with the rest of the group, and he rarely offers to answer questions aloud. In those moments when he does, you desire to encourage him and affirm him with statements like, “That is correct. You’re…

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