Music In Early Childhood (2-part series)

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Music has long been regarded as an important part of early childhood education. In this module, explore music as an integral and vibrant part of a child’s family, community and culture, and how it can be utilised as a powerful tool for learning and development. Written by Dr Amanda Niland, this module is a vibrant look at the foundations of music, ‘musicking’ and musical skills — for both educators and children.

For young children, music can be a way of:

  • connecting with others
  • expressing themselves, and
  • exploring and making meaning through their senses.

Learning Objectives:

  • the central role of music in children’s lives
  • how music contributes to children’s sense of belonging and developing identity
  • the ways in which music can support and enrich children’s learning and development in communication and language, social skills, motor skills, creative and flexible thinking
  • music as both a mode of communication and an expressive art form and children as capable musicians, and
  • strategies and resources you can use to increase your confidence and ability to share in music-making with young children.

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Dr Amanda Niland has a long career in the field of Early Childhood Education. She has taught in a range of early childhood, primary school and early intervention settings. Amanda taught in undergraduate and postgraduate programs at Macquarie University for more than 10 years, before joining the Early Childhood team at the University of Sydney in 2016.

Amanda’s particular areas of interest are in music and creative arts education, children’s literature, inclusive education and disability studies. She is also a children’s author.

Additional information

Presented by

Dr Amanda Niland

Links to the National Quality Standard

Quality Area 1: Educational program and practice, Quality Area 5: Relationships with children, Quality Area 6: Collaborative partnerships with families and communities

Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

6 – Engage in professional learning

Course Duration

60 Minutes

Australian Qualifications Framework

Level 3