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date: 15 May 2021

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This chapter draws on a range of disciplines including music developmental psychology, cultural psychology, ethnomusicology, archeology, aesthetics, and evolutionary theory to illustrate the ubiquitous nature of singing and song-making in human thought and activity. Invented song-making, a phenomenon that emerges in infancy between infant and carer, functions as a cultural tool in children’s engagement in social and cultural settings, plays a role in children’s early learning and development across many dimensions, and lays the foundations for musical parenting. This shared music-making underpins the emergence of children’s independent song-making. The chapter pursues these notions through five questions: What is young children’s invented song-making? When and how does singing and invented song-making emerge? What prompts and supports early singing and invented song-making? What function does early singing and invented song-making have in young children’s early learning and development? How might young children’s early singing and invented song-making be supported and developed?

Keywords: singing, early learning and development, independent song-making, invented song-making, musical parenting, shared music-making

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