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Musik och språk i förskolan: En kvalitativ studie om hur sång och musik kan användas som ett språkutvecklande verktyg för barn
Södertörn University, Teacher Education.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Music and language : a qualitative study about song and music as a language developing tool for children (English)
Abstract [en]

In this essay I have investigated how music and song can promote children’s language development. I have investigated what the preschool teachers think about music connected to language development and if they believe that they need to have the skills and experience for it to become a learning experience for children.

I have done my research at two different preschools to support my findings. In each preschool I have interviewed a preschool teacher and also studied the children and teachers when they sang and made music together.

The results I have gathered show that language and music have common components like rhythm, tone, pauses and melodies. During my observations I could see that the teachers used tools like movement, objects and sign language to promote the understanding of the words in the songs.

In the result we also can see that the preschool teachers possess insight in the importance of music connected to children’s language development. Songs with movement are a commonly used tool which serves to lift children’s language development. This is because that through movement they can give meaning to the lyrics in the song. However it is important that the preschool teachers are devoted in their work with music with children. The educator must be aware of the importance of the social interaction and show an interest in the work with music. A danger can be that educators that aren’t aware of the importance of music or doesn’t show any interest in what’s being done will rub off their emotions onto the children that will increase a risk of little to no development or learning taking place.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 36 p.
Keyword [en]
Music, song, language development, interaction, preschool
National Category
Educational Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-28918OAI: diva2:885544
Subject / course
Education Studies
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2015-12-21 Created: 2015-12-18 Last updated: 2015-12-21Bibliographically approved

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