Portrait of Early Music Competence
, normal children sing, babble, produce
undulating patterns, and imitate tones sung by others.
An important transition in their musical lives occurs in
middle of the second year
of life when them begin
to emit tones that explore small intervals from seconds
They begin to invent spontaneous songs and imitate
short patterns from familiar songs.
three or four
, the original tunes and exploratory
sound play give way to conformity as they begin to
limit themselves to the songs of the dominant culture.
By school age, children know what a song should be
according to the cultural practice. They can produce a
fairly accurate rendition of common melodies.