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The development of the musical mind in the very young


The development of the musical mind in the very young
Based on the experience with early childhood music classes and the knowledge from brain research we will introduce practical consequences for music learning and teaching. This calls for a global understanding of the sequential steps and stages which the growing musical mind of young children passes through. How do musical abilities develop in children? What do we know about the maturing brain? How can this knowledge impact the teaching of the very young? The proposal of a new theory of music learning shall be accompanied by examples and demonstrations from the daily practice of music teaching and learning.

Wilfried Gruhn is professor emeritus of music education at the University of Music (Musikhochschule) Freiburg, Germany. He has taught in Saarbruecken and Essen, and from 1977 - 2003 in Freiburg, Germany. He was co-editor of several journals for music education, 1995 - 1997 president of the International Research Alliance of Institutes for Music Education (RAIME), 2000 - 2004 ISME Board Member, and 2003 - 2009 director of the Institute for Early Childhood Music Learning, Freiburg, and is currently the president of the International Leo Kestenberg Society. Research areas include historical and empirical research in music education, namely developmental learning theory and the neurobiology of music learning.