We are a group dedicated to young children and their musical growth. The mission of the group: to study, to discuss and to exchange our work in early childhood music education with an emphasis on research connected to practice resulting in workable outcomes. We aim to disseminate knowledge representing our study efforts as well as to disseminate knowledge accumulated through practice. We engage in formal and informal collaborative investigation and we have an eclectic approach enabling all members to contribute according to their own passions and ideas thereby utilizing a broad range of research methods.
Preschool Music Education (PME) provides music for children from the age of 4 months to 4, 5 or 6 years (depending on the country) accompanied by a parent or carer, including grandparents. Courses are held not only at music schools but also in community centres. Lessons are given in larger groups at nurseries and sometimes playgroups. The aim is to motivate and stimulate the children according to their own level of possibilities and development. The goal is to let children acquire basic skills of music by means of a programme strongly underpinned by appropriate theory. Out of motivation comes participation, participation evokes musical experiences.
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Dr. José Retra
is active as a preschool music educator. She teaches at the Art centre Het Klooster in Woerden, Netherlands. She frequently gives workshops and lectures on different subjects in early childhood music education.
Her research interests are musical movement and temporal representation, music educational and compositional aspects of concerts for children 0 - 4 and pedagogy of preschool music education. She is a board member of ECME (ISME) and a member of the panel of reviewers for MERYC (European Network of Music Educators and Researchers). She is also a composer with a passion for music specially for the under-fours.
graduated in Instrumental Music Education (guitar) from the Conservatory of Mar del Plata (Argentina) and in Music Pedagogy at the Conservatory of Milan (Italy). She has taught in kindergartens, schools, music schools, Conservatories and Universities in Argentina and Italy. Laura works with children from one to six years old and is currently involved with teacher training. Her principal interests in music education and research are music cognition in early childhood.
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