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Music and the Child

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Natalie Sarrazin, College at Brockport, SUNY

Copyright Year: 2016

ISBN 13: 9781942341208

Publisher: Open SUNY

Language: English

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Reviewed by Sharon Watkins, Adjunct Music Education Instructor, Newberry College on 10/24/22

This is quite a thorough text, especially since the author states it is intended for general education majors studying how to include music. Each chapter ends with a comprehensive glossary, but there is no index. In ebook format words or phrases... read more

Reviewed by Sara Beck, Assistant Professor of Psychological Science, Randolph College on 4/6/22

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Reviewed by Melissa Ryan, Assistant Professor of Music, DePauw University on 1/7/21

The text offers a research-based and practical approach to teaching children through music. The author provides an informed framework and rationale for music in education and for creating educational environments for children in which they can... read more

Reviewed by Lisa Maynard, Associate Professor of Music Education, James Madison University on 7/31/20

“Music and the Child” by Natalie Sarrazin provides a thoroughly comprehensive, well-written, researched and referenced, overview of Music Education history, practices, planning, procedures, and possibilities in relation to creating meaningful... read more

Reviewed by Jennifer Vernon, Faculty, ECE Filed Supervisor, Portland Community College on 6/29/20

The author is clear in the content and gives context of the material through links to various Ted Talks, Youtube videos and articles to further dig deeper into the concepts discussed. read more

Reviewed by Sarah Burns, Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Education, Augustana College on 6/19/18

The text is fairly comprehensive as a textbook for a music methods textbook intended for elementary education majors. Some content knowledge is assumed: for example, certain elements of the fundamentals of music are taught while some are merely... read more

Reviewed by Erin McKee, Online Instructor, Concordia University Portland on 5/21/18

The text, Music and the Child, is a comprehensive overview of understanding the developmental connections between music and children. The author Sarrazin states, “children are inherently musical.” Sarrazin guides the reader to understanding the... read more

Reviewed by Ann Marie Stanley, Associate Professor, Louisiana State University on 6/20/17

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 music into the curriculum.”  I have taught many of these students in various “Music for the... read more

Reviewed by Mei-ling Lee, Instructor, Lane Community College on 6/20/17

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 music for younger children. The whole book consists 13 chapters, and each chapter has its own clear... read more

Reviewed by Tinamarie Ivey, Faculty, Linn Benton Community College on 6/20/17

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 focuses on how to teach music, It also offers the reader the advantage of knowing more about how to... read more

Reviewed by Molly Weaver, Professor of Music (Music Education), West Virginia University on 12/5/16

In describing her work, author Sarrazin states “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,... read more

Reviewed by Lewton Jones, Music Teacher B.S. Arts/English, PCC on 8/21/16

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 is the most important factors to consider when creating pedagogical material" In each chapter she... 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

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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.

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