The role of Music in supporting young children’s holistic learning and wellbeing in the context of Froebel’s Mother songs

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Researchers have criticised the pragmatic focus on the value of music education for its contribution to the acquisition of children’s academic skills such as literacy and numeracy development in schools across the international contexts driven by neoliberalism (Young, 2007; Garvis, 2012; Reynolds and Burton, 2017). In the context of Froebel’s Mother Songs, this paper adopting documentary research approach focuses on a Froebelian approach to music education in early childhood settings. The Froebelian perspective brings in implications for early childhood practice, research, and policymaking concerning the important role of music in supporting young children's holistic learning and wellbeing in responding to the neoliberalist pressures on children and practitioners in the 21st century.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusSubmitted - 24 Jan 2022


  • Froebel's Mother Songs, Froebelian perspective, music education, holistic learning, wellbeing

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