Music in the Early Years
Routledge – 1998 – 188 pages
Music in the Early Years is for teachers working across the 3 to 8 age phase who want to make music integral to the life of the nursery and early years classroom.
Music has often been taught as if it were different, something outside the mainstream curriculum, with teaching approaches quite at odds with early years work. This book takes children's development as its basis and works towards building a music pedagogy within early years practice. A readiness to listen, observe and reflect is central to the practice which threads through the book.
Based on the authors' extensive experience and drawing on that of other teachers and researchers, lots of well-tried, practical ideas show how teachers, parents and carers can help children fulfil their music potential. Sample activities model ways of working with children and have been written in such a way that they can be substituted with other material and adapted for further use. Earlier and later stages of learning and progression are described as a basis for matching activities with children's learning needs, as well as a companion book, Primary Music: Later Years.
'The page layouts are clear and easy to read, the use of bullet points enabling easy reference. The chapter headings appear instantly relevant for the class teacher and the use of photographs at the beginning of each chapter adds to the books appeal … This is a thoroughly accessible book and one which all those involved in music education, both in school and education departments, will find a useful addition to their curriculum libraries. I'm sure that my students will pounce on it!' - Early Years
'This book is an important addition to the musical literature for the three to eight age range … due to the strong music education philosophy which is consistent with early childhood development, the accessible style and the attractive layout, this book will prove a very valuable resource to all adults working in early years contexts.' - Music Education Research