1st Edition

Music in the Lives of Young Children An Annotated Anthology of Research Papers from Early Child Development and Care

Edited By Warren Brodsky, Wilfried Gruhn Copyright 2021
    360 Pages
    by Routledge

    360 Pages
    by Routledge

    This annotated anthology documents historical trends and basic findings regarding music in early childhood education, development, and care.

    The papers in this volume discuss the main research trends of musical engagement with early children, such as music in the family, employing music in child care, and musical skill and development. This collection hopes to stimulate further reflections on the implementation of music in daily practice. The volume represents many facets of research from different cultural contexts and reflects trends and projects of music in early childhood. The findings incorporate a historical perspective with regards to different topics and approaches.

    The book provides practitioners and researchers of music education, music development, and music psychology, an opportunity to read a selection of articles that were previously published in the journal Early Child Development and Care. Each paper concludes with an annotation note supplied by the principle author addressing how they see their article from the perspective of today.

    Introduction. Music in early childhood education and care: Past and present

    Wilfried Gruhn and Warren Brodsky

    Part I: Caregiving – Parenting

    1. On musical parenting of young children: Musical beliefs and behaviors of mothers and infants

    Beatriz S. Ilari

    Annotation by Beatriz S. Ilari

    2. Caregiving in counterpoint: Reciprocal influences in the musical parenting of younger and older infants

    Lori A. Custodero and Elissa A. Johnson-Green

    Annotation by Lori A. Custodero and Elissa A. Johnson-Green

    3. Music at home with the under-fives: What is happening?

    Peter de Vries

    Annotation by Linda Lorenza

    4. The musical dimension of daily routines with under-four children during diaper change, bedtime and free-play

    Anna Rita Addessi

    Annotation by Anna Rita Addessi

    5. The communicative characteristics of musical interactions compared with play interactions between mothers and their one-year-old infants

    Orit Mualem and Pnina S. Klein

    Annotation by Orit Mualem

    6. The effects of music and movement on mother–infant interactions

    Wendy Vlismas, Stephen Malloch, and Denis Burnham

    Annotation by Wendy Vlismas, Stephen Malloch, and Denis Burnham

    7. Musical engagement among families with young children: A CMBI (V.972) study

    Warren Brodsky, Idit Sulkin, and Michal Hefer

    Annotation by Warren Brodsky

    Part II: Musical Development

    8. Octave generalization in young children

    Desmond Sergeant

    Annotation by Desmond Sergeant

    9. Music and language development in early childhood: Integrating past research in the two domains

    Lily Chen-Hafteck

    Annotation by Lily Chen-Hafteck

    10. Music perception and cognition in the first year of life

    Beatriz S. Ilari

    Annotation by Beatriz S. Ilari

    11. Mozart Effect in preschool children?

    Ken Hui

    Annotation by E. Glenn Schellenberg

    12. Towards constructions of musical childhoods: Diversity and digital technologies

    Susan Young

    Annotation by Susan Young

    13. Infants’ attention to synthesised baby music and original acoustic music

    Carla H. Merkow and Eugenia Costa-Giomi

    Annotation by Eugenia Costa-Giomi

    Part III: Musical Aspects – Singing, Movement, and Teaching

    14. Contributions to an understanding of the music and movement connection

    Susan Young

    Annotation by Susan Young

    15. Piano keyboard training and the spatial–temporal development of young children attending kindergarten classes in Greece

    Nikolaos Zafranas

    Annotation by Nikolaos Zafranas

    16. Handclapping songs: A spontaneous platform for child development among 5-10-year-old children

    Warren Brodsky and Idit Sulkin

    Annotation by Idit Sulkin

    17. ‘Bejazzled’: Employing attributes of pre-schoolers’ play to facilitate musical interactions with jazz

    Mignon van Vreden

    Annotation by Mignon van Vreden

    18. The effects of Orff-based attention-enhancing music education programme on impulsive preschool children’s cognitive tempo

    Gökhan Kayili and Özden Kuşcu

    Annotation by Özden Kuşcu and Gökhan Kayili


    Warren Brodsky is Associate Professor of Music Psychology in the Department of the Arts at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beersheba, Israel. He was Registered, Certified, and Board Certified as a clinical music therapist (1984-2000, in the USA, the UK, Israel). Warren completed a PhD degree in Psychology at Keele University (UK, 1995). He was the recipient of two Post-Doctoral Fellowships at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (1996-2001). He is Director of the Music Science Lab at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. His research interests include musical skill and development, the effects of music on driving behaviour, and positive aging among professional symphony orchestra musicians.

    Wilfried Gruhn is Professor Emeritus of Music Education. He completed a PhD in Musicology (1967). He was the President of the International Research Alliance of Institutes for Music Education (1995-1997), a Board Member of the International Society for Music Education (2000-2004), the founder/first Director of the Gordon Institute of Early Childhood Music Learning in Freiburg (Germany, 2003-2009), and the founder/first President of the International Leo Kestenberg Society (2009). His research areas include historical research on music education, and empirical studies on perception, cognition, and the neurobiological foundations of music learning.