Scaffolding children’s musical creativity : a case of a kindergarten teacher in Hong Kong

Grieshaber, S. & Lau, W.C.M. (2010) Scaffolding children’s musical creativity : a case of a kindergarten teacher in Hong Kong. British Journal of Music Education, 27(2), pp. 127-140.

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Drawn from a larger mixed methods study, this case study provides an account of aspects of the music education programme that occurred with one teacher and a kindergarten class of children aged three and four years. Contrary to transmission approaches that are often used in Hong Kong, the case depicts how musical creativity was encouraged by the teacher in response to children’s participation during the time for musical free play. It shows how the teacher scaffolded the attempts of George, a child aged 3.6 years to use musical notation. The findings are instructive for kindergarten teachers in Hong Kong and suggest ways in which teachers might begin to incorporate more creative approaches to musical education. They are also applicable to other kindergarten settings where transmission approaches tend to dominate and teachers want to encourage children’s musical creativity.

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ID Code: 38152
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: musical notation, music education programme
DOI: 10.1017/S0265051710000045
ISSN: 0265-0517
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood & Inclusive Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Cambridge University Press
Deposited On: 05 Dec 2010 23:33
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:28

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