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International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Development

Adult Perspectives on Children and Music in Early Childhood

Authors: Acker, Aleksandra, Nyland, Berenice

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  • Explores the role of adults in children’s lives in co-constructing musical identities
  • Argues the case for music in early childhood and the important role music plays in human activity
  • Presents a range of musical experiences designed for children in a care and education setting
  • Focuses on the relationship between the adults’ own knowledge and teaching and the ideas they bring to their pedagogy and research
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This book focuses on the importance and role of adults in promoting music in the early years. Designed to promote the idea of the value of music in the early childhood years, the research discussed in this book explores the experiences of a number of adults working with children from birth to age 8.

The initiatives discussed in this work all focus on adults who have encouraged the development of musical identities ranging from music in the home, to musical play in the preschool years, preparing a performance with children, and programs for disadvantaged groups that use music as a communicative tool. 

Each chapter will start with a description of the particular setting and the protagonists’ specific skills and interests and how they came to be working with young children. Themes for the chapters have emerged from the videos and interviews conducted and consist of both reflective and affective experience. The themes include musical background, the adults' own stories, theories of childhood, and pedagogy and philosophy. 

About the authors

Aleksandra Acker is a musician, lecturer and researcher, with an expertise in early/primary education, early childhood music and traditional music of the Balkans. She has conducted and published a number of collaborative studies, such as book – Musical Childhoods: Explorations in the pre-school years. She is an advocate for music and is a Music Council Australia Councillor where she represents Early Childhood Music Education. Aleksandra wants to see music as an integral part of mainstream curriculum and treated as one of the languages of childhood. Aleksandra is the founder, artistic director and vocalist of musical ensemble Anja & Zlatna. She researchers, develops and performs traditional melodies from the Balkans and beyond, fused with the structural architecture of baroque. This accomplished ensemble has performed for ABC Sunday Live, Melbourne Recital Centre and Aleksandra introduced a community initiative series 'Music without borders' conducting humanitarian concerts. 

Berenice is an adjunct professor at RMIT in the School of Education. Berenice has been interested in music for most of her life and in working with children and music since commencing teaching many years ago. She has taught music to vocational education child study students and as a university academic became a researcher of young children and their music. She has published widely in the area of young children and music and in recent years has extended her interest to young children and the arts as a language. She has presently co-authored a book (in press) titled “A vocabulary of images”. This is an historical examination of Child Art in Australia.

Reviews

“The inclusion of a rich diversity of cultures, roles and contexts across the chapters helps to sift out the central importance of relationships in the music making episodes – both as a condition for sharing enjoyment of music and as a product of such sharing. The use of narrative to present the life-stories of the adults and the event-stories of their engagements with children helps to engage the reader more effectively (and affectively) than would a more detached ‘research report’ format. I particularly enjoyed reading chapter III (Mira’s story) and this reminded me of the strengths of Vivian Gussin Paley’s writing about children’s stories – using the story-telling format to draw the reader into a closer engagement.” (Rod Parker-Rees, University of Plymouth, UK)

“.. The strongest aspect is its primary idea – the role of adults in children’s musical lives. The diverse cultural contexts – Serbia, Australia, and Chinese students in Australia – is also a strength.” (Susan Young, University of Exeter, UK)

“.. The use of Vygotskian and neo-Vygotskian theories as underlying frameworks that support all chapters is the strongest aspect of this manuscript. I also appreciated how grounded in practice this work is.” (Beatriz Ilari, USC Thornton School of Music, Los Angeles, CA, USA)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Hardcover $119.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Adult Perspectives on Children and Music in Early Childhood
Authors
Series Title
International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Development
Series Volume
33
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-57698-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-57698-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-57697-4
Series ISSN
2468-8746
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 163
Number of Illustrations
6 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
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