Listening to Diverse Musical Beginnings.
A nursery school offers a stimulating environment with all kinds of toys. Most of the toys have beautiful colors and they are safe and, above all, easy to clean.
Another place in the world where children are playing together: Using materials they found in the neighborhood: some wooden sticks, some stones and a self made ball.
When we read this we instantly create a "picture" using our own "backpack" of knowledge and experiences. Most of the time we instantly have "an opinion" about the pictures we created in our mind.
All over the world young children experiment with objects, voices and sounds. In some people's opinion this is just "producing a lot of noise". Other people support this form of sound exploration and tell: "This is a way for children to explore themselves and to learn."
And above all, we, as music teachers/practitioners and/or researchers also have an opinion about the best way we, as adults, can support these young children in their (musical) learning and development…………… Time to share ideas and communicate!!
We would like to listen, in a respectful way, to the diverse musical beginnings of young children 0-8 world wide during the ECME seminar in July 14-18, 2014 in
ECME desires to promote music in the lives of all young children 0-8 years and we would like to provide an international forum for the exchange of ideas. At the seminar in
Interested in: Pre- Postnatal, Parent-child music classes, Educating nursery teachers to work with music and young children or Intergenerational experiences? Contact the ECME commission!
Margré van Gestel
Chair Early Childhood Music Education commission 2012-2014