Music teaching in Hong Kong has played a minor role in the pre-primary educational curriculum, and music education in the kindergarten is one of the weakest areas. These are undesirable as the all-round development of young children is at stake. In this paper, a strategic implementing procedure is recommended to preschool educators. It aims to enable them to engage in early childhood creative activities and to feel more comfortable about introducing singing and other kinds of music making - Musical Games, Musical Mapping, Musical puzzles, Highlighting, Creative Movement and Storytelling. Music and Movement are special dimensions in the pre-school children classroom. The Song-Experience-Games strategy to be introduced here provides children with opportunities for aesthetic experiences at their own level, with the experience games built on the song work as a learning tool for the development of social awareness; the strategy also affects children in such a way that they are better able to think, to invent, to discover, to respond and to communicate. Such a variety of explorations and the process of problem solving and creation will enhance the self-esteem and confidence of children of all ages. The Creative Music Curriculum implications are discussed in this paper. The subjects of this research are kindergarten teachers and supervisors. Copyright © 2000 The Hong Kong Institute of Education.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of International Conference on Teacher Education 1999: Teaching effectiveness and teacher development in the new century|
|Place of Publication||Hong Kong|
|Publisher||Hong Kong Institute of Education|
|Publication status||Published - 2000|