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Music and Singing in the Early Years

A Guide to Singing with Young Children, 1st Edition

By Zoe Greenhalgh


106 pages

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pub: 2018-03-12
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Music and singing are an inherent part of children’s lives and offer a wonderful opportunity to promote young children’s learning and development. This how-to guide is full of useful information to support musical understanding and assist practitioners in developing their knowledge, skills and confidence in planning and leading successful and enjoyable musical activities in a range of early years settings.

Focusing on the role of singing and children’s musical learning at various stages of development, Music and Singing in the Early Years aims to demystify music by providing practical tips, ideas and information on the integration of musical activities in the early years curriculum and environment, and provides clear explanations of musical concepts.

Chapters consider topics such as:

  • vocal strategies and development
  • using song, rhyme and movement
  • integrating instrumental accompaniments
  • observation and assessment
  • planning and delivery
  • resources for music making.

This book is essential reading for all early years practitioners looking to improve their musical understanding and plan successful musical activities with young children.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1: Musical DevelopmentLearning Musical skills: the role of singingVocal developmentChapter 2: Melodic MattersSinging games and rhymesSupporting children’s musical learningChapter 3: Rhythmic RootsRhythmic developmentSteady beat, Rhythm, Form and StructureChapter 4: Developing a SongUnaccompanied singing with movementUsing a companion song/rhymeAdding an instrumental accompanimentChapter 5: Planning and EvaluationPlanning individual music sessionsPlanning a music curriculum Observing childrenChapter 6: Putting the planning into practiceChecklist – 10 points for successful deliveryChapter 7: Resources for Music Making Glossary Further sources of information

About the Author

Zoe Greenhalgh is well known for her work as an Early Childhood Music educator, writer, researcher and consultant. In addition to providing bespoke workshops for Early Years and Music practitioners, she has written accredited programmes for organisations such as the British Kodály Academy and Edge Hill University, UK, where she is an Associate Tutor in Early Years Education. Zoe is a course mentor for the groundbreaking Certificate for Music Educators: Early Childhood at the Centre for Research in Early Childhood in Birmingham, UK.

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