In this study, the researcher examined the perceptions of parents about early childhood music instruction, focusing on parental involvement and how parents’ perception of their children’s musical development affects their involvement. The researcher conducted five interviews with parents who had participated in an early childhood program at a community music school and coded and analyzed interview transcripts for emergent themes. Parents described their current involvement as marked by modeling, exploring varying roles between parent and child, and interacting with a cohort of parents and children. Several of the parents interviewed indicated satisfaction with their roles within the class and did not desire increased involvement in the class; others expressed a desire for more information about children’s musical development and the teaching method used. The perceptions that seemed to contribute to parents’ involvement, both current and desired, were the enjoyment that comes from musical interaction, the recognition of multiple roles of music in children’s lives, and the view of acquiring musical skill and knowledge as developmental.
Koops, Lisa Huisman
"Perceptions of Current and Desired Involvement in Early Childhood Music Instruction,"
Visions of Research in Music Education: Vol. 17, Article 5.
Available at: https://opencommons.uconn.edu/vrme/vol17/iss1/5