The Power of Harmony: Insights from a Korean Children’s Community-Based Chorus

Hae Min Yu
page. 21~43 / 2016 Vol.10 No.1


This study examines a Korean children’s community-based chorus within the US context. Through anin-depth examination of group musical activities and interviews of Korean early childhood educators andKorean immigrant parents within the sociocultural framework, this study makes visible the meanings ofengaging in a community-based children’s musical experience. Findings indicate that both groups ofearly childhood educators and Korean parents found that engaging in a community-based chorusprovided developmentally appropriate and culturally responsive experiences for young children and theirfamilies. These findings suggest that the nature of group musical experiences can be harmonized withearly childhood curricula, and provide more comprehensive understandings about the Korean culture,relating how culturally relevant teaching can lead to positive effects for immigrant children and theirfamilies.

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