Music & Movement for the Young Child

Course Number: ECE 235
Transcript Title: Mus/Mvmnt for the Young Child
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: June 11, 2020
Total Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 30
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0


RD 115, WR 115 or equivalent placement test scores

Course Description

Focuses on the purposes of incorporating music and movement into the early childhood curriculum. Examines the development of musical and movement skills in children from birth to age 8, and introduces the concepts of age and developmental appropriateness when designing fun movement/music activities. Develops a variety of music and movement activities, techniques and materials appropriate for early childhood education. Includes active participation with hands-on experience as well as the development of practical activities, techniques and materials appropriate for use with young children. Prerequisites: RD 115, WR 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Identify the ways in which music and movement can benefit young children's (age’s birth to 8 years) physical, cognitive, social, emotional and creative growth.
  2. Recognize the development of musical and motor skills in children from birth to age 8.
  3. Use a basic vocabulary for talking about music and movement.
  4. Develop and evaluate music and movement activities and materials for young children.
  5. Apply a beginning level of skill in presenting music and movement experiences.
  6. Connect music and movement to the total classroom curriculum, as well as to individual children's needs and interests.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessments may include: written observations, journal reflections, self-assessment, group projects, and assignments.

Course Activities and Design

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Movement/music-oriented environment and curriculum
  • Physical, cognitive, social, emotional and creative growth
  • Movement/music role in the traditional domains of child development
  • Movement, musical and creative development
  • Developmentally appropriate teaching methods for movement/music
  • Teaching methods, vocabulary, lesson planning
  • Movement/music for transitions