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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  • Science Serving Art: A Story of Research’s Effect on a Music Classroom

    Author Mary Anne Zupan

    By Mary Anne Zupan
    Kettle Moraine School District - Wales, WI

    Music and psychology are two terms that, until the last twenty years or so, many persons would think to be seemingly unrelated. Most music educators, including myself, had only intuited the relationship that has become the basis of important research: research that compels us to look more closely at the way we understand music’s role in intelligence. In 1994 I became familiar with the work of Dr. Frances Rauscher and her colleagues at the University of California at Irvine in the field of music cognition, and its intriguing potential impact on education. These initial studies evolved into compelling research examining the effect of actual music making activities on children’s cognitive abilities, specifically on spatial reasoning. The potential for impact became all the more intriguing to me. Of significance was the…

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