Why is music so valuable in the care and education of the youngest children?
How can parents and early childhood professionals create environments rich in musical opportunities?
The importance and value of music in the care and education of the 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.
The following topics are included:
* 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
* Working with adults to develop musical opportunities
The text provides a valuable synthesis of recent thinking in this area, as well as practical suggestions for fostering creativity through musical activities. This original and inspiring book will be welcomed by anyone responsible for the care and education of preschool children.