Young children's 'musicking' and the social world Music is a social activity.

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Music is a social activity. As members of cultural groups, young children engage in music in many ways and with different companions. This session examines young children's musical engagement from a social perspective. Three building blocks of social cognition and their relationships with children's musicking are explored, providing a framework to discuss current research on early interactions, rhythmic synchronization and musical play. These studies demonstrate how children's musicking contributes in the development of social cognition, and the roles that educators might play in the process. In this session, I will discuss the works of Michael Tomasello, Sebastian Kirschner, Stefan Koelsch, Susan Young, Kathryn Marsh, and my own work , among others. My goal is to present a brief theoretical introduction (illustrated by everyday life examples), followed by the presentation of research findings from my own work, and then a brief conclusion, to allow time for discussion.

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 the three building blocks of social cognition and their relationships to children's musicking.

2.  Research into practice - discuss ideas on the applications of social cognition research in early childhood music education