Music and the Child

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Natalie Sarrazin, College at Brockport, SUNY

Pub Date: 2016

ISBN 13: 978-1-9423412-0-8

Publisher: Open SUNY

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Reviewed by Tinamarie Ivey, Faculty, Linn Benton Community College, on 6/21/2017.

This book is a good resource and guild for anyone choosing to work with children whether in an academic environment or other setting. And though it … read more



Reviewed by Mei-ling Lee, Instructor, Lane Community College, on 6/21/2017.

This text book “Music and the Child”, written by Natalie Sarrazin, is well organized in its content. It covers a wide range of topics on teaching … read more



Reviewed by Ann Marie Stanley, Associate Professor, Louisiana State University, on 6/21/2017.

Sarrazin wrote, “This book is intended to aid those who have little or no background in music, in order to increase their comfort in integrating … read more



Reviewed by Molly Weaver, Professor of Music (Music Education), West Virginia University, on 12/6/2016.

In describing her work, author Sarrazin states “This book explores a holistic, artistic, and integrated approach to understanding the developmental … read more



Reviewed by Lewton Jones, Music Teacher B.S. Arts/English, PCC, on 8/22/2016.

Natalie Sarrazin sums up her twelve chapters of the many facets of the book with the statement~"Children's creativity is the heart of this book and … read more


Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Perspectives and Approaches

Chapter 2: Music: Fundamentals and Educational Roots in the U.S.

Chapter 3: Assessment and Learning Goals

Chapter 4: Approaches to Music Education

Chapter 5: Children Singing and Children’s Songs

Chapter 6: Creative Activity and Lesson Planning

Chapter 7: Music and the Brain

Chapter 8: Music in Early Childhood Development

Chapter 9: Music and the Older Child

Chapter 10: Children’s Musical Play: Musicality and Creativity

Chapter 11: Music and Inclusion

Chapter 12: Music Integration

Chapter 13: Musical Multiculturalism and Diversity

About the Book

Children are inherently musical. They respond to music and learn through music. Music expresses children’s identity and heritage, teaches them to belong to a culture, and develops their cognitive well-being and inner self worth. As professional instructors, childcare workers, or students looking forward to a career working with children, we should continuously search for ways to tap into children’s natural reservoir of enthusiasm for singing, moving and experimenting with instruments. But how, you might ask? What music is appropriate for the children I’m working with? How can music help inspire a well-rounded child? How do I reach and teach children musically? Most importantly perhaps, how can I incorporate music into a curriculum that marginalizes the arts?

This book explores a holistic, artistic, and integrated approach to understanding the developmental connections between music and children. This book guides professionals to work through music, harnessing the processes that underlie music learning, and outlining developmentally appropriate methods to understand the role of music in children’s lives through play, games, creativity, and movement. Additionally, the book explores ways of applying music-making to benefit the whole child, i.e., socially, emotionally, physically, cognitively, and linguistically.

About the Contributors


Natalie Sarrazin, PhD, is Associate Professor of Music at the College at Brockport, SUNY. She holds a PhD in ethnomusicology from the University of Maryland, College Park and a master’s degree from Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University in music education. Natalie is the author of books and articles on both Hindi film music and music education. She teaches in the Department of Theatre and Music Studies and Arts for Children programs at the College at Brockport, and is a co-director of the Hunter Institute on Young Children.