The responses of preschoolers with cochlear implants to musical activities: A multiple case study
The purpose of this study was to investigate the musical experiences of preschool cochlear implant users. Research objectives were to examine: (1) musical, social and emotional responses to activities; and (2) whether length of experience with the implant influenced responses. Participants were three prelingually deafened children, age 4, attending a Deaf school in the Northeastern USA. Cochlear implant experience of Child A, Child B and Child C was three years, one year and one month, respectively. Qualitative data including lesson and video transcripts and researcher field notes were coded into musical, social and emotional response categories. Data analyses revealed participants’ ample musical responses and that cochlear implant experience had an impact upon participants’ singing. Music educators must consider the individual differences of the prelingually deafened child modifying lesson design and content to meet their various needs.
Early Child Development and Care
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Schraer-Joiner, Lyn E. and Chen-Hafteck, Lily, "The responses of preschoolers with cochlear implants to musical activities: A multiple case study" (2009). Kean Publications. 2428.