British Journal of Music Education

An investigation of the music activity preferences of pre-school children

Nita Temmerman a1
a1 University of Wollongong, Faculty of Education, Northfields Avenue, Wollongong, NSW, Australia 2522. E-mail:


Life attitudes to, level of involvement with and success in musical learning are all tied to first musical experiences. Consequently an important objective in the planning of any musical programme for young children is to acknowledge their interests in and attitudes to different musical activities. The purpose of this investigation was to determine young children's attitudes to musical activities included in their pre-school musical programme. In particular it sought to discern if preferences exist for certain activities. What emerged from the investigation is that pre-school children generally appear to respond favourably towards involvement in all musical activities but that preferences do exist for moving and playing based activities.