Ins and outs of Music on the Lap
Music on the lap (MoL): a child centred early childhood music education approach in The Netherlands. To guide the children in their musical learning, musicians and pedagogues are trained by the MoL foundation to become early childhood music specialists.
Paper presentation congress Vaikas ir Muzika (Kind en Muziek) 17-21 april 2011 Vilnius, Lithouwen.

"Presentation: Educating the voice of young children"
During the 28TH ISME WORLD CONFERENCE 20–25 JULY 2008, in BOLOGNA ITALY and the EARLY CHILDHOOD MUSIC EDUCATION COMMISSION 13th INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR, 14-19 JULY 2008, FRASCATI, ROME, ITALY Margré van Gestel presented a workshop and a poster with the title: Educating the voice of young children

We all know that the most important environmental influence on (the singing and the language development of) children is the family. Parents speaking and singing for and with their children provide them the best start for music and language development.
Music courses (Music on the lap/ Muziek op Schoot) for parent and child provide positive experiences for parents and children, including opportunities for connecting with other parents, revitalizing the joy of music making, and increasing parents’ repertoire of children’s songs. Parents learn to provide support and encouragement for their child during the early stages of musical development.

In the power point presentation on the website you will find an overview of characteristic elements in the singing of children 0-4.
The development of singing starts with the first cry. The first cry has all ingredients of singing: variations in pitch, intensity, rhythmic patterns and sentence structure. By the age of 4 children songs have bigger amplitude. The children have better pitch control and more control of tempo and dynamics. Melody, rhythm and words in songs are clearly recognisable.

Nowadays music schools and day care centres offer music lessons were (parent and) children can make music together and sing. By offering songs for day care routines and connecting songs and music activities to the age group and developmental areas (sense, emotional, social, language/speech, physical, musical and intellectual), music easily becomes a part of everyday life.

"Workshop: Educating the voice of young children"
Proceedings of ECME [Early Childhood Music Education] Commission13th International Seminar of ISME [International Society for Music Education] Music in the early years: Research, Theory and Practice: 14-19 July 2008, Centro Giovanni XIII, Frascati, Rome, Italy