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Children’s Books: A Great Partner in the Music Classroom

In this article, Suzanne Hall asks music educators to consider how they can use children’s books in the classroom: ‘Children’s literature in the elementary music classroom promotes imaginative play and contributes to exposure and dramatic arts involvement’.

In this accessible article written by Suzanne Hall, children’s books are explored as a valuable teaching tool for EYFS and KS1 teachers (Hall is speaking to a US context, but the work also speaks to a UK context). She explains ‘Music activities that involve children’s books can be fun and engaging and offer a new level of exposure to what music-making is. The breadth of experience can be vast, from seeing how harmony can reflect the setting or mood to how a simple melody can launch a storyline of an entire composition.’

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Music Educators Journal

Published quarterly, Music Educators Journal offers peer-reviewed scholarly and practical articles on music teaching approaches and philosophies, instructional techniques, current trends and issues in music education in schools and communities and the latest in products and services. It is a US journal, run by the National Association for Music Education.