‘Now can I watch my video?’: Exploring musical play through video sharing and social networking in an early childhood music class
Enjoyment is central to children’s musical play. Engaging in musical play can support musical development, nurture creativity, and increase children’s musical skills, in addition to providing social, emotional, and cognitive benefits to the overall development of a child. Musical play also impacts children’s social experiences and development. The purpose of this research was to describe and analyze play-enhancing and play inhibiting behaviors in home and class through the use of video sharing by parents and teacher in an early childhood music course using an online social networking interface. Continued exploration could further strengthen aspects of early childhood music instruction.