Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Let's Start the Music: Programming for Primary Grades

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Let's Start the Music: Programming for Primary Grades

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Let's Start the Music: Programming for Primary Grades. By Amy Brown. Chicago: ALA, 2014. 184 p. $45 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-166-2).

Brown, a seasoned children's programmer, believes in the benefits of exposure to music: "Musical experiences can be memory making and magical, and that's why I love sharing music with children" (xi). Her enthusiasm and creative approach are immediately evident. After a few brief introductory chapters on the importance of exposing children to music and some ideas on how to accomplish this, Brown jumps right into storytime.

The author's belief in the importance of music is steeped in the theory of multiple intelligences, but unfortunately, she merely skims the theory's surface in the introductory chapters and does not return to the subject. Early literacy is mentioned as well, as music can play an integral role in developing early literacy skills, but Every Child Ready to Read is mentioned and explained only in passing, and Brown "name drops" phonological awareness but does not offer the reader much explanation. If the reader is a children's programmer trained in early literacy, this treatment may be sufficient. However, others will need to do further research to understand these concepts. Despite this, however, the book will be useful for most readers.

Brown provides outlines for several music-rich programs for primary grades. …

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