Set for Success: An Exploration of the Development of Musical Expertise in Early Childhood

By Judith Fromyhr.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Musical expertise appears to grow in distinct and identifiable stages and music teachers have a role in facilitating the cognitive, emotional-artistic and technical development that underpins the growth and expression of musical expertise. However, even within a similar cohort of students with the same teacher and curriculum, some succeed and others do not. Why is this?
This paper looks at variables that may be involved in the process of successfully learning to play a musical instrument and examines critical aspects such as modeling, motivation, purposeful practice and parental support as ways to improve the effectiveness of teaching.

Keywords: Music Instrument Instruction, Early Childhood, Development of Expertise

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp.385-392. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 602.991KB).

Judith Fromyhr

Senior Lecturer in Music, School of Arts and Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Australian Catholic University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Judith Fromyhr is a member of a Creative and Performing Arts Team at Australian Catholic University where she lectures in music history and materials and music education. She has extensive experience in instrumental teaching and choral programs in early childhood and specialises in teaching the innovative Colourstrings Violin ABC developed by Geza Szilvay. Judith’s research is in the area of the development of expertise in instrumental and vocal performance and she is a recipient of an ACU Excellence in Teaching award and Community Engagement Award.


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