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and predictions about the story they are listening to. Can that happen musically?

Absolutely! In music, fluency is

all about phrasing. Context is the tonality or meter being presented. Content has to do with the kinds of melodic or rhythmic patterns they are hearing. Inferences and predic- tions happen when students predict musically what will happen next! Is it the end of the song, or is another phrase going to occur? Did the song end on the pitch I thought it would, or did it end on something unusual? We have to guide students in how to listen to music, and audiation is a wonderful way to nurture that skill.


Colker, L. J. (2014). The word gap: The early years make the difference. Teaching Young Children, 7(3). Retrieved from word-gap

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Jennifer holds a B.M. in performance from Michigan State University, teacher certification from the University of Houston, and a M.M.Ed. from Temple University. She is an early childhood and elementary general music instructor for the Gordon Institute for Music Learning and is level

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