Exploring early childhood musical play through video sharing and social networking

‘Now can I watch my video?’: Exploring musical play through video sharing and social networking in an early childhood music class

From Research Studies in Music Education

Enjoyment is central to children’s musical play. Engaging in musical play can support musical development, nurture creativity, and increase children’s musical skills, in addition to providing social, emotional, and cognitive benefits to the overall development of a child. Musical play also impacts children’s social experiences and development. The purpose of this research was to describe and analyze play-enhancing and play inhibiting behaviors in home and class through the use of video sharing by parents and teacher in an early childhood music course using an online social networking interface. Continued exploration could further strengthen aspects of early childhood music instruction.

 

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to explore factors influencing musical play of preschool children in home and class settings through the use of video sharing by parents and teacher in an early childhood music course. Six families, all of whom had participated in at least one semester of prior research, attended a 45-minute music class each week for nine weeks and completed and documented assignments via a private online social network. Research questions explored musical play-enhancing and play-inhibiting factors as identified by parents, teacher, and outside observers, and how the behaviors varied across settings. Data included field notes, parent-written posts on the social network site, video footage of children in home and community settings, class video, and transcripts of exit interviews. Results of qualitative data analysis suggested that the expression of child’s agency was a key element in play-enhancing behaviors; adult involvement fell into both categories, but was more often play-enhancing when paired with child agency.

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Article details
Koops, L. (2012). ‘Now can I watch my video?’: Exploring musical play through video sharing and social networking in an early childhood music class Research Studies in Music Education DOI: 10.1177/1321103X12442994

     
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