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1st Edition

Music with the Under-Fours

ISBN 9780415287067
Published September 9, 2003 by Routledge
152 Pages

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Book Description

The importance and value of music in the care and education of very young children is increasingly recognised. This book looks closely at early musical development and how this translates into ways of supporting the musical activity of babies, toddlers and young children, keeping in mind the diversity of preschool work.

Key topics include:

  • pre- and post-natal musical experience
  • musical parenting
  • lullabies and play songs
  • baby music sessions
  • toddlers' music play
  • songs, musical games and other activities
  • young children's singing 
  • music play with instruments
  • listening
  • working with adults to develop musical opportunities.

This text provides a valuable synthesis of recent thinking in this area, as well as practical suggestions for fostering creativity through musical activities. An original and inspiring book which will be welcomed by anyone responsible for the care and education of preschool children.


'Music with the Under Fours does what a good text should - it both informs and provokes ... the book abounds with crucial messages to guide early years music teacher preparation.' - Lori A. Custodero, Columbia University, USA

'This book fills a need for an understanding of music with the under-fours grounded in what children actually do musically. We need to observe them initiating, inventing and responding to music. This is a refreshing book, written with a wide audience in mind. I warmly recommend it.' - British Journal of Music Education