When “Baby Beluga” comes home and “Tikitiklip” goes to school: The complex matrix of young children’s everyday music

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This session explores the complex matrix of young children’s everyday musical experiences and their applications in early childhood music education—research and practice. Based on recent theorizing in the field of Childhood Studies, we will engage in a wide range of activities—from the examination of young children’s everyday musical practices around the world to the actual enactment of musical activities and brainstorming of future research questions.

Beatriz Ilari is assistant professor of music education at the University of Southern California. Prior to her appointment at USC, she worked as associate professor of music education at the Federal University of Paraná in Brazil (2003-2010), and as the Lozano Long visiting associate professor of Latin American studies at the University of Texas in Austin. Her main research interests lie in the intersection between music, childhood, cognition, and culture. She is currently a research fellow at USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute and a co-investigator on the Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing initiative. Her research has appeared in important journals such as the Journal of Research in Music Education, Research Studies in Music Education, Early Child Development and Care and the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, to name a few. Beatriz is currently on the editorial board of the Journal of Research in Music Education, Psychology of Music, Musicae Scientiae, and Research Studies in Music Education. She is the editor for Perspectives: Journal of the Early Childhood Music & Movement, and immediate past editor of the International Journal of Music Education.

Learning Objectives

1.  Verbalize main tenets of Childhood Studies

2.  Demonstrate critical thinking in terms of children's everyday musical activities

3.  Design research questions and activities