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Music Making Study

Why Investigate Music Making

From very early ages, children demonstrate their enjoyment of music by smiling, clapping, bouncing, and dancing. Songs that they frequently hear sung or played by caregivers become easily remembered and "performed." Children soon learn that they can strike objects and make sounds that will cause others to listen, allowing them to become "musicians" in their own right.

This study offers many opportunities for children to investigate music making firsthand while they explore social studies and science concepts, experiment with and create instruments, interview musicians, and identify their feelings and preferences associated with different music experiences. The study also helps children use and develop skills in literacy, math, technology, and the arts.

In preschool years, children are often very interested in performing musically, understanding how music is made, and learning new ways to generate sounds. Music is an important part of preschoolers' lives and the preschool classroom community and is an invaluable part of children's academic, social, and emotional development.