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Children and Music

This webinar is part of SERIES OF WEBINARS ON THE 100 LANGUAGES - The 100 languages of children and adults. These webinars were recorded in October-November 2020.

This webinar is on demand. You can view it whenever you like for 6 months after purchase, in your personal area.


“Music moves, it travels in the air, in the wind, everywhere in the world, as far as the sun and the moon.” (Margherita 5 years)

The language of music is one of the “hundred languages of children”; born with them, it first takes shape in babbling and vocalisations, evolving with more and more complex exploration and research that makes use of intentional and non-intentional listenings to sound and music.

How can we begin from these things children know, and approach specific contents in the language of music without closing ourselves in laboratory experience or teaching musical instruments?

Using documentation in video and in images, pedagogistas, atelieristas and teachers will share research realised in municipal infant-toddler centres and preschools to shape a musical education with children as protagonists; with their potential for construction, their competency for investigation, for constructing hypotheses, and for organising materials – in this case sound – into compositional and communicative forms. During presentations on this research, there will be deeper discussion on the role of the adult, on exchanges of provisional theories between children, on everyday school contexts, on materials, and on documentation in the process of constructing knowledge between individuals and groups.


Elena Maccaferri

Elena Maccaferri has been a pedagogista in the Pedagogical Co-ordinating Team of the Istituzione of Preschools and Infant-toddler Centres of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia since 2007, and co-ordinates infant-toddler centres and preschools. For Reggio Children she collaborates on the realisation of publishing projects, and of professional learning journeys, through participating in seminars and workshops in Italy and abroad.

Filippo Chieli

Filippo Chieli has been atelierista at the “Ernesto Balducci” municipal preschool, Istituzione of Preschools and Infant-toddler Centres of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia, since 2009, and also collaborated with preschools in the province of Reggio Emilia for 10 years as an atelierista. 
Chieli works as a consultant, and for Reggio Children he collaborates on professional learning journeys, and participates as a speaker in seminars and conferences, in particular on projects in the area of music and sound, in Italy and abroad.

Video themes:
Educational projects Ateliers and languages of expression Educational philosophy (Reggio Emilia Approach)

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