Journal article

Music value and participation: An Australian case study of music provision and support in Early Childhood Education

Margaret S Barrett, Libby Maree Flynn, Graham F Welch

Research Studies in Music Education | SAGE Publications | Published : 2018


There is a growing body of evidence that early engagement in active music-making impacts beneficially on children’s wider development. Recent research indicates that individual and shared music-making in family settings contributes to positive parenting practices and identity development in young children. Children who participate in shared music-making at age 3 are better prepared for school experiences at age 5. These findings suggest music should be a compulsory requirement in any early childhood programme. This article reports the findings of a case study investigation of the provision of music in an Australian Early Childhood Education Centre. Findings suggest that music provision is be..

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