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date: 13 November 2019

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Preparing preservice music teachers to support the innate musical abilities of young children begins an exciting pedagogical journey at a time when musical development is rapidly progressing. Through a well-designed early childhood music methods course, preservice music teachers can learn how to nurture young children’s musicality through playful and joyful music experiences that are developmentally appropriate. With these points in mind, this chapter features ways in which to construct curriculum for early childhood music methods courses. Topics include characteristics of music development, cultivating a practice grounded in a pedagogy of play and informal guidance, teaching early childhood music in varied contexts, starting and maintaining a business, the role of policy in early childhood music, and professional development. Through a course of this kind, preservice early childhood music teachers will learn how to establish a practice that fosters young children’s musical development.

Keywords: early childhood music, music methods, young children, music development, music teacher preparation, children and music

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