Children’s Self-knowledge and Identity in The Context of Music: Perspectives from an African Setting

Elizabeth Andang’o, PhD


Keynote: Children’s Self-knowledge and Identity in The Context of Music: Perspectives from an African Setting
Dr. Andang’o will discuss young children’s musical engagement and how it contributes to the construction of their self-knowledge (their feelings, motivation and character, etc.) and identities in and through music. The discussion will be framed within the Kenyan/African cultural context. Examples will be drawn from school, home and community settings.

Lunchtime Talk
This will be an open session, where Convention participants will be free to discuss issues arising from the Keynote and/or the special session. They may also discuss other areas of interest. Dr. Andang’o will also inquire about aspects of early childhood music education in the USA to enhance the interaction.

Special Session: Teaching and Learning Children’s Songs from an African Cultural Context
In this interactive session, Dr. Andang’o will feature learning and performing children’s songs from Kenyan/African communities. The session will involve learning songs, performing them and discussing the characteristics of the songs and how they are/can be used in teaching children.



Biography
Elizabeth Andang’o is a lecturer in the Department of Music and Dance, Kenyatta University, in Nairobi, Kenya. Her main research interests are on culture and curriculum development in Early Childhood Music Education. She has published articles in several peer reviewed journals and co-authored chapters in several books. Dr. Andang’o is the Associate Editor (Africa) of the International Journal of Music in Early Childhood and a current board member of the International Society for Music Education.