by Alison M. Reynolds, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Music Education
Boyer College of Music and Dance, Temple University
During morning free play in a preschool classroom, you probably would accept the following sights and sounds as typical for 3-year old children : Julia and Max wearing plastic aprons and pouring, dunking, and splashing at the water table; Jordan zooming trucks into plastic toys; Nate building walls from plastic blocks—using “Jordan’s” trucks to knock them down; and Kyle playing in the kitchen under the reading loft as Brianna and Ahmad busily enter and exit as their independent agendas dictate. Amber, playing dress-up in a princess’s dress and high-heeled Lucite princess shoes, carries her stuffed animal upside-down under her arm—parading from place to place in the room (more often on the tiled floor than the carpet). Three children are enjoying books in the loft, several…