Research and References

There is an abundance of research in the field of early childhood development and music. Here is a list of early childhood research references if you are interested in delving deeper into some of the research that has informed and inspired the development of The Bubble Box philosophy and in turn our baby’s music program.

Music research

Carlton E.B. (2000), Learning Through Music: The support of brain research. Child Care Exchange 133 (May/June): 53-56

Gerry D., Unrau A.  &  Trainor L.J. (2012) Active music classes in infancy enhance musical, communicative and social development. Developmental Science, 15 (3): 398

Goddard Blythe S. (2011) The Genius of Natural Childhood: Secrets of Thriving Children, Hawthorn Press, Early Years Series.

Harrison C. and Pound L. (1996). Talking music: empowering children as musical communicators. British Journal of Music Education, 13: 233-242.

Hodges D.A. (2000) Implications of Music and Brain ResearchMusic Educators Journal , 87 ( 2) Special Focus: Music and the Brain:  17-22

Ilari, B. & L. Polka, L. (2006). Music cognition in early infancy: Infants’ preferences and long-term memory for Ravel. International Journal of Music Education 24 (1): 7–20.

Geist, K., Geist, E. A., & Kuznik, K. (2012). The Patterns of Music. Young Children2, 75. White paper ublished by National Association for The Education of Young Children

Kraus N. &  Chandrasekara B. (2010) Music training for the development of auditory skills. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 11: 599-605

Parlakian R. & Lerner C. (2010). Beyond Twinkle, Twinkle - Using music with infants and toddlers. White paper published by National Association for the Education of Young Children.


Creative arts – General research

Edwards, L. (2002). The creative arts: a process approach for teachers and young children. Merrill Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey

Meiners, J & Schiller, W (2008). Young children, the arts and culture. The International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, Vol 8. Melbourne, Australia: Common Ground

Fraser Mustard, J. (2008). Investing in the early years: Closing the gap between what we know and what we do. Crown – South Australia

Meiners, J. & National Advocates for Arts Education (NAAE). (2008).  The arts in the early years learning framework. Originally published by NAAE. Republished by Ausdance.

Wright S. (2003) Children, meaning-making and the arts, Pearson Education Australia