Review 4 articles on children and musicking in early childhood and critically analyse them
Assignment – 2000 words due 25 March
The places and roles of the arts in young children’s lives can be conceptualised in many ways in the twenty-first century. It is essential for early childhood teachers
to understand this variety and position children’s arts learning opportunities appropriately. As you work through this unit, you should be constantly looking for
additional readings related to topics in the learning materials, from appropriate, peer-reviewed journals or scholarly books to extend your thinking. Keeping a summary
of the bibliographic details and content of each would be a good idea.
For this task, you are required to use four journal articles or book chapters that pertain specifically to children and musicking in early childhood and critically
analyse them. For each article or chapter, you should:
1. Summarise the content of the article/chapter.
2. Explain how this particular approach to young children and their musical cultures/learning fits with contemporary views of children and childhoods.
3. Outline your reaction as an educator to this article/chapter and link this to changes you might make in your practice.
4. Name one issue that was raised in the article/chapter that has given you pause for consideration. Explain the issues and where and how you are going to find further
information to resolve this.
This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
• Demonstrate a critical appreciation of the expert body of knowledge focusing on the arts in early childhood.
• Demonstrate a sound understanding of the ways in which young children use art forms to explore, create and communicate about their worlds.
Please follow these guidelines when you submit each assignment:
• Allow a left and right-hand margin of at least 2cm in all assignments.
• Please type all assignments using 12-point font and 1.5 spacing.
Need to link back to the framework below:
Early Years Learning Framework
(you will be familiar with this document but
please browse through and start to think about working with children 2 -¬-
Excerpt from lecture: Music and the EYLF
So far, we’ve been talking about music learning and teaching in general and how we should be thinking of musick instead of music. But what about the local regulatory
context? As you know, there are a number of regulatory considerations regarding early childhood teaching in Australia and in NSW, an important consideration is how we
utilise the EYLF. This document will not be something new for you, as you will have become somewhat familiar with it in previous units of study. So now it’s time to
drill down a little deeper than before, and contemplate where music sits in relation to the EYLF, specifically, what outcomes are related to music and how.
Readings relevant to music:
Barrett, M. (2012). Belonging, being and becoming musical: An introduction to children’s musical worlds. In S. Wright (Ed.), Children. meaning-making and the arts (2nd
ed., pp. 57-84). Frenchs Forest: Pearson.
Welch, G. (2006). The musical development and education of young children. In B. Spodek & O. N. Saracho (Eds.), Handbook of research on the education of young children
(2nd ed., pp. 251-267). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Schiller, W., & Meiners, J. (2012). Dance: Moving beyond steps to ideas. In S. Wright (Ed.), Children, meaning-making and the arts (2nd ed., pp. 85-114). Frenchs
Crowther, I. 2011, Creating effective learning environments, 3rd ed., Toronto : Nelson Education, 2011, Chapter 9: Dramatic Play.
Relevant journal articles
Kim, H. K., & Kemple, K. M. (2011). Is music an active developmental tool or simply a supplement? Early childhood preservice teachers’ beliefs about music. Journal of
Early Childhood Teacher Education, 32(2), 135-147.
McArdle, F. A., & Piscitelli, B. (2002). Early childhood art education: A palimpsest. Australian Art Education, 25(1), 11-15.
Thompson, C. M. (2003). Kinderculture in the art classroom: Early childhood art and the mediation of culture. Studies in Art Education, 44(2), 135-146.
Vuckovic, A. (2006). Understanding Diversity through Music and Song. Victorian Journal of Music Education, 2004-2006, 45-52.
These are some of the readings as a guide to select the 4 articles or chapters.
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