Young children’s experiences of music and soundings in museum spaces: lessons, trends and turns from the literature

Elwick, A. and Burnard, P. and Huhtinen-Hildén, L. and Osgood, J. and Pitt, J. (2019) Young children’s experiences of music and soundings in museum spaces: lessons, trends and turns from the literature. Journal of Early Childhood Research. ISSN 1476-718X (print) 1741-2927 (online)

Abstract

This article considers the value and role of early years music and sound activities in museum spaces – in relation to children themselves, as well as to their families and wider communities. The article reviews literature around early years music and sound activities; early childhood and the museum; and the use of music and sound in museum spaces – reflecting on reconceptualisation’s of the child within museum spaces and in relation to music and sound. In particular, the article highlights gaps in the literature that present an opportunity to explore the role of music and sound with young children (and particularly with so-called ‘hard-to-reach’ communities or families) within museums.

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