EuNet MERYC| 2018
Ghent University, Belgium
How wonderful to observe young children’s spontaneous interactions with music! Immersed in a world of sounds, they engage with all their senses and experience music through their sensorimotor, affective and cognitive resources. After all, musical interaction is not a mere auditory experience: it addresses the whole body. It is precisely this bodily experience of music that opens the door to the interplay of the senses, invoking the richness and meaningfulness of an empowering musical experience.
What does this mean for music education in early childhood? What are the fundamental questions and how can they be addressed in a methodologically sound way? How can learning activities foster this interplay of the senses? How can children's development into competent and creative music makers be rooted in and tailored to the bodily basis of musical experience? How is the whole body experience of music related to children’s social, cultural and material environments? Can a bodily approach to music learning contribute to well-being and social cohesion?
The EuNet MERYC Conference 2019 aims to stimulate interdisciplinary dialogue on the role of bodily experiences in relation to the rich array of topics in early childhood music education.