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Children and music




With the help of documentation in video and images, pedagogistas and teachers offer a deeper examination of the possibilities for designing and documenting daily-life learning contexts around music, through plural points of access.


Series: The hundred languages of children and adults

This webinar is for those who have already encountered the Reggio Emilia Approach and would like to investigate it more deeply, through transversal aspects that thread across the different fields of learning.

To build knowledge human beings use transversal functions (activities of recognising, categorising, selecting, planning, decision making, channelling resources, representing and re-describing representations, checking etc) which manifest in specific ways in different fields of knowledge.

Fields of knowledge define a terrain, which allows children and adults to activate a dialogue using multiple languages to evolve and find points of arrival that are provisional, but which gratify the desire in both for greater knowledge.

Webinar topics:
Ateliers and languages of expression Educational projects Educational philosophy (Reggio Emilia Approach)
Webinar structure

“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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Included in the cost

- Q&A with teachers, educators, pedagogistas, and atelieristas who work, or have worked, in Reggio Emilia’s infant-toddler centres and preschools, and with Reggio Children

- Reggio Children Webinar certificate of participation

- membership of the Reggio Emilia Approach digital community

- simultaneous translation into English

- bibliography

Info for participating in the webinar


Webinars will be conducted in Italian with simultaneous translation into English. Select your preferred language, Italian or English, by clicking “INTERPRETATION” on the Webinar platform.



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A bibliography of reference reading material will be published the day after your Webinar. Please go to the relative Webinar page and look in “RESOURCES”.



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Live webinars from Reggio Emilia

For people who want to explore and know more about the Reggio Emilia Approach®,
or gain a deeper understanding of specific themes.


Listen to teachers, educators, pedagogistas and atelieristas who work, or have worked, in Reggio Emilia’s centres and schools, and with Reggio Children.


Watch documentation recounting real life projects and experiences in Reggio Emilia’s infant-toddler centres and preschools.


Ask questions and get answers directly from the people who live and evolve the Reggio Emilia Approach every day.

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.

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The Reggio Emilia Approach® is an educational philosophy based on the image of a child with strong potentialities for development and a subject with rights, who learns through the hundred languages belonging to all human beings, and grows in relations with others.