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The challenge of ensuring effective early years music education by non-specialists

Welch, G; (2021) The challenge of ensuring effective early years music education by non-specialists. Early Child Development and Care , 191 (12) pp. 1972-1984. 10.1080/03004430.2020.1792895. Green open access

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Abstract

The article reports research concerning the potential and actual benefits for young children in engaging in musical activities, whether in the home or outside, such as in community nursery settings and schools. The research literature suggests that music can support a wide range of psychological, social and physical behaviours and development. However, there is a paradox in that many teachers and teaching assistants of young children are likely to have a somewhat limited professional knowledge of how best to organise effective music education. They may also be unaware of how to maximise music’s wider benefits. One possible solution is to effect appropriately mentored professional development with experienced early years music specialists. Evidence of how such professional development can make a difference is exampled in several recent and ongoing workplace-based case studies from the UK and Australia.

Type: Article
Title: The challenge of ensuring effective early years music education by non-specialists
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/03004430.2020.1792895
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/03004430.2020.1792895
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
Keywords: Music, children, wider benefits, teachers, mentoring
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10103114
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