Musical free play: A case for invented musical notation in a Hong Kong kindergarten

Wing Chi Margaret LAU, Susan Jane GRIESHABER

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Abstract

Drawn from a larger mixed methods study, this case study provides an account of aspects of the music education programme that occurred with one teacher and a kindergarten class of children aged three and four years. Contrary to transmission approaches that are often used in Hong Kong, the case depicts how musical creativity was encouraged by the teacher in response to children’s participation during the time for musical free play. It shows how the teacher scaffolded the attempts of George, a child aged 3 years and 6 months, to use musical notation. The findings are instructive for kindergarten teachers in Hong Kong and suggest ways in which teachers might begin to incorporate more creative approaches to musical education. They are also applicable to other kindergarten settings where transmission approaches tend to dominate and teachers want to encourage children’s musical creativity. Copyright © 2010 Cambridge University Press.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-140
JournalBritish Journal of Music Education
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010

Citation

Lau, W. M. C, & Grieshaber, S. (2010). Musical free play: A case for invented musical notation in a Hong Kong kindergarten. British Journal of Music Education, 27(2), 127-140.

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