Tip Sheet: Musical Play with Young Children

Did you know that in addition to being an enriching experience, music in the classroom can help children build emotional regulation skills? Our evidence-based Tip Sheets for early childhood professionals break topics down into two parts: theory (Introducing It) and practice (Applying It). Our latest Tip Sheet is Applying It: Engaging in Musical Play with Young Children. We created it in partnership with MacPhail Center for Music. This Tip Sheet gives specific advice on integrating music into your work with children, from infants to preschoolers.

Download this free resource below, and don’t miss Introducing It: The Benefits of Music Integration to Emotional Regulation Development in Young Children!


Below is a list of sources referenced in Applying It: Engaging in Musical Play with Young Children.

  1. MacPhail Center for Music. (2023, June 20). Sing, play, learn with MacPhail®: The finger family. https://www.macphail.org/sing-play-learn-with-macphail-the-finger-family/?filters=post_program__sing-play-learn 
  2. MacPhail Center for Music. (n.d.) Teaching BIG feelings to little people using music and literacy. https://www.macphail.org/teaching-big-feelings-to-little-people-using-music-and-literacy/?filters=post_program__sing-play-learn
  3. Cerniglia, E. G. (2013). Preschool Through Kindergarten: Musical Play in Early Childhood Classrooms: Taking It One Step Further. YC Young Children, 68(5), 68–73. http://www.jstor.org/stable/ycyoungchildren.68.5.68

Deeper Dive

For additional information and suggestions on integrating music into your classroom, check out these sample resources.

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