Valerie Kilburn

Document Type

Honors Thesis


Music is considered an integral part of early childhood education. Early childhood music education can contribute to a child’s vocal development, rhythm skills, and motor skills development. Vocal development is distinguishing between the different voices. Rhythm skills consist of developing an internalized beat. Motor skills are developing fine and gross motor abilities. These various aspects of childhood development in their relation to music education were outlined and elaborated on in this paper. Although early childhood is defined as birth to age nine, this research paper examined children from birth to age four. Practical application with young children was discussed at length, and sample lesson plans are included. It was found that music curriculum formatted to follow and assist childhood development created a positive influence on the three critical music aspects of vocal development, rhythm skills, and motor skills development in children.

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