1st Edition

Critical New Perspectives in Early Childhood Music Young Children Engaging and Learning Through Music

By Susan Young Copyright 2018
    168 Pages
    by Routledge

    168 Pages
    by Routledge

    Exploring and expanding upon current understandings of early childhood music education, this book provides a much-needed response to the rapid social, cultural and technological developments affecting children’s experience of music today.

    Critical New Perspectives in Early Childhood Music returns to the core question of how children engage, participate and learn through music, and how we are to best harness musical resources to their benefit. Chapters move beyond conservative or traditional models of practice and draw upon new and emerging insights from the fields of childhood studies, neuroscience, psychology and sociology. In-depth analysis of research and real examples from practice illustrate the strengths and possible shortcomings of each approach and acknowledge the diverse impacts of digitisation, increased child autonomy, intensive parenting practices, and cultural and economic diversity on the child’s experience of music.

    An invaluable theoretical overview of current thinking in relation to contemporary musical childhoods, this book will support and challenge students and early childhood music educators as they rethink practice for the present day.


    Chapter One: Some Windows and a Map: Early Childhood Music in New Times

    Chapter Two: Shaky Eggs and Hello! Songs - The View from Childhood Studies

    Chapter Three: Bone Pipes and Brain Cells - Biological Perspectives

    Chapter Four: Pathways and Pigeon-Holes - The View from Psychology

    Chapter Five: Karaoke Kids and Digi-tots - Sociological Perspectives

    Chapter Six: Paper Sheep and Camels - The View from Other Places



    Susan Young has recently retired from her position as Senior Lecturer at the University of Exeter, UK. She is internationally recognised as a leading authority on early childhood music education.