Preschool Music Education

Change

Today an 8-year-old has its own website and computers are part of daily life. Pressing buttons gives faster results than ever before. The music education landscape is changing. This is not a bad thing. When applied with vision technology gives us a plethora of new possibilities. Nevertheless, it does have major implications how we teach music to young children. For example the use of a CD is normal now but it can not fully replace actual musical instruments that you can touch (and even taste when needed). The success of baby and toddler concerts (in NL but probably also elsewhere) indicates that life music –  connecting sound with the appropriate visual – is still very much alive. In early childhood music education we have the possibility to teach the children to have more patience when accomplishing a musical “task”.  To delay the need for an instant result. Then hopefully pressing a button will become much more than just pressing a button.