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1st Edition

Learning with Music
Games and Activities for the Early Years

ISBN 9781138192591
Published August 3, 2017 by Routledge
286 Pages 66 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Learning with Music offers an accessible introduction to music education theory for those working in the early years. Using real case studies and rich examples, the book provides practical suggestions to develop the formative ideas of music education, such as melody, rhythm, pulse and timbre, into games and activities for every early years setting.

Chapters include a range of tried-and-tested lesson sequences and accompanying developmental benefits, allowing practitioners to confidently create tailor-made lesson plans and manage music sessions, ranging from one child through to larger groups. Each concept is grounded in child development theory, as well as music education theory, giving practitioners an insight into the research-based principles and priorities of music education for their own unique setting.

With a clear focus on the benefits of teaching music from birth to preschool, Learning with Music is essential reading for all early years practitioners, as well as students on Early Childhood courses.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Where did music education start

The Dalcroze music education

The Kodály music education

The Orff music education

The Suzuki music education

The Gordon approach to music education

Chapter 2: How has technology impacted music education?

Music education implications from child development

The importance of relationship in education

How external influences impact education

How to develop internal motivation through education

Educational theories on sequential development

Educators who focussed on child-centred pragmatism

Applications of physical learning in education

The development of independence and responsibility through education

Focus on universal education and citizenship

The essence of play

Chapter 3: A way forward for music education

Music education in the early 21st century

Current delivery arrangements

Current theory in practice

Music education with child development

The Way Forward

Chapter 4: Resources for the practitioner

Applying theory to practice: S.P.A.C.E.

Original research



Games (formations)

Additional repertoire


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Frances Turnbull is an Early Years Music Specialist and founder of Musicaliti, a preschool music education programme. She has presented early years music sessions in a variety of settings since 2006, after training as a secondary mathematics and science teacher. Frances also teaches primary guitar and directs a local community choir, the Bolton Warblers.