North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

Domain: NC Foundations for Early Learning: Cognitive Development (CD)

Subdomain: Creative Expression

Goal: Children demonstrate self-expression and creativity in a variety of forms and contexts, including play, visual arts, music, drama, and dance.

Skill Progression: Music/dance

Age: 36-42 Months

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Spontaneously creates rhythms

Situations for Observation of Skill

Play familiar music and then provide instruments without the background music.

Elicitation Strategy

Allow the child to perform with the music or have all parties dance and sing together. The adult can then give the child an instrument and say, “Now you make up some music for me (or us) to dance to.”

Behavior Observed

When given an instrument, the child will create music.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Not all families have musical instruments, but drums can be made of anything and clapping out rhythms works as well. Encourage parents to keep time with feet, hands, and musical instruments. This helps children not only with rhythm, but also with reading, because children need to break words into rhythmic syllables.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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