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date: 19 June 2019

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This article examines the musical lives of Japanese preschool children, including the music they learn and the musical activities they are encouraged to participate in. The study is based on survey responses from 121 preschools in Japan. Although Japanese preschools offer a musically rich program of education, there appears to be a lack of structured instructions for creativity. Most preschool children are simply encouraged to listen to music, to reproduce songs from their memory, or to learn new song to add to their repertoire. The children’s only regular musical activity that involves a form of creative expression is free movement to music, which may be considered as a creative activity with greater attention to movement than to music.

Keywords: preschool, children, Japanese, music teaching, musical activities, creativity, creative expression

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