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This article was originally published as Temmerman, N, An investigation of the music activity preferences of pre-school children, British Journal of Music Education, 17(1), 2000, 51-60. Copyright Cambridge University Press. Original journal available here.


Life attitudes to, level of involvement with and success in musical learning are all tied to ®rst 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.

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