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Developmentally Appropriate Music & Literacy Experiences: 3-5 years

  • Jul 2, 2010
  • Dianna Babcock & Cheryl Henningsgaard

Age three to four years:

Musical preferences are often stated by children. Children should be encouraged to participate in musical conversations. Musical experiences can take on drama and pretend. While acting out, why not add music to the performance? Exposure to color and concept songs is important.

Age four to five years:

More mastery is shown concerning song lyrics, pitch, and rhythmical acuity. Concepts of high-low-soft-loud are solid. Children demonstrating intense enjoyment of music, along with other skills necessary to manipulate an instrument (eye-hand coordination, attention span), might develop music reading readiness along with beginnings of specific musical instrument instruction.


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