Lamont, A (2020) Moving towards music: Viewing early years musical engagement through the lenses of movement, interaction, motivation, agency, identity and context. International Journal of Music in Early Childhood, 15 (1). pp. 25-38. ISSN 2516-1997

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This article provides a broad overview of the theoretical approaches underpinning our understanding of early musical development, and considers how this sets the foundation for later development across the lifespan. Through a review of research evidence and theory, I argue for the importance of interaction in thinking about musical development: movement is at the heart of theories of development; interaction and synchrony form the foundation for music learning; and motivation, agency and identity shape patterns of early engagement with music. The importance of setting these activities in context is also emphasized: for parents, teachers and researchers to fully understand young children’s musical experiences, it is vital to consider the cultural contexts and histories of the musical materials, the listener and the situation, as well as how these interact.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: agency; context; identity; interaction; motivation; movement
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF712 Developmental psychology
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2020 14:11
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2021 01:30

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