ECY105 - Music and Creative Arts

Outline info
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Subject Title
Music and Creative Arts

Subject Description
This subject introduces students to the complex process of incorporating music and creative arts into the preschool curriculum. Based upon observations of preschool children, students will design, implement and evaluate music and creative arts learning experiences, which reflect an understanding of the development of the preschool child. In addition, students will explore a selection of art materials and develop an awareness of how preschool children utilize these to express an understanding of their world.

Credit Status
ECY 105 is a required subject in the ECYA diploma program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Specific Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this subject, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe developmental sequences in children’s art and music to plan curriculum effectively.
  2. Identify the importance music, movement and art plays in promoting learning in all domains.
  3. Develop a cultural diverse repertoire of songs, group games, dances, musical art experiences for young children, including those of Canadian First Nations.
  4. Determine appropriate music and creative arts experiences for preschool children through the use of observation.
  5. Evaluate music and creative arts experiences to determine children’s learning opportunities for self-expression.

ECE Vocational Outcomes:
The following are the Early Childhood Education Program Vocational outcomes. The outcomes listed in bold font indicate which outcomes are focused on in this subject.The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
  1. Design, implement and evaluate inclusive and play-based early learning curriculum and programs that support children’s holistic development and are responsive to individual children’s and groups of children’s observed abilities, interests and ideas.
  2. Establish and maintain inclusive early learning environments that support diverse, equitable and accessible developmental and learning opportunities for all children and their families.
  3. Select and use a variety of screening tools, observation and documentation strategies to review, support and promote children’s learning across the continuum of early childhood development.
  4. Establish and maintain responsive relationships with individual children, groups of children and families.
  5. Assess, develop and maintain safe, healthy and quality early learning environments which meet the requirements of current legislation, agency policies and evidence-based practices in early learning.
  6. Prepare and use professional written, verbal, nonverbal and electronic communications when working with children, families, colleagues, employers, and community partners.
  7. Identify, select and apply relevant legislation, regulations, College of Early Childhood Educators Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics, policies and evidence-based practice guidelines, and interpret their impact on a variety of early learning environments.
  8. Apply a developing personal philosophy of early learning in accordance with ethical and professional standards of early childhood education practice.
  9. Advocate for quality early learning environments and collaborate with members of the early learning team, families and community partners to establish and promote such settings.
  10. Engage in reflective practice, develop learning goals and maintain an ongoing professional development plan in accordance with evidence-based practices in early learning and related fields.

Cheating and Plagiarism
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Corequisite(s): ECY100, ECY102, ECY103, ECY104, EFP102

Topic Outline

  1. Children’s development in music and creative arts.
  2. The elements of art
  3. The elements of music
  4. Appropriate music and creative art experiences for preschool children from various cultural backgrounds.
  5. Role of the teacher
  6. Process vs Product

Mode of Instruction
Subject content will be covered through various means and the student will be expected to participate in, and contribute to the process of learning. The strategies may include: lectures, discussions, observations, workshops, audio visual presentations and on-line subject website.

Prescribed Texts
Schirrmacher, R. (2015) Art and creative development for young children, and student success guide - learning study tool. (8th Edition) Canada: Nelson Education; ISBN# 9781285432380

Seneca College Library Guide to research and citation - APA style.

Reference Material

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Evaluation Structure:

  • 50% - Music Assignment
  • 50% - Art Assignment

Please note: It is the student’s responsibility to keep copies of materials (assignments, etc.) used for evaluative purposes.
In order to receive a passing grade in each ECYA subject, every component of evaluation must be completed at a passing level.

Due Dates and Extensions:
Due dates for the assignments and other evaluation procedures for each subject are set in class.
Requests for extensions must be made to the professor before the due date.  Many professors require written requests and approval forms for extensions.
If an assignment is late, one full grade or 10% (whichever is less) may be deducted the first day.  20% may be deducted day 8, etc.
When an assignment grade has been reduced to an "F" because of late submission, the "F" grade will be used to calculate the final subject grade but will not prevent the student from passing the subject.
The last day to submit a late assignment is the last day of classes for that subject.
Unless an extension has already been approved by the professor, assignments received after the final day of a subject will receive "0" marks.  The resulting mark in this subject will be an "F".
If you hand in an assignment too late for feedback or revision, and receive an "F" grade for that assignment, you forfeit the right to resubmit that assignment.

Absence during scheduled tests and presentations require a medical note.  Failure to meet these requirements will result in an “F” grade.  Students are required to notify the professor before the scheduled test or presentation if they are unable to attend.

Assignments and in-class learning opportunities:
If you fail any assignment, in-class learning opportunity, quiz, test or other component of evaluation, you must rework the material at a passing level.
A "D" grade will be the highest grade in such a situation, regardless of the average attained.  You are allowed only 1 (one) rewrite per course.
The individual Professor will clarify re-submission procedures for each subject.

In-Class Presentations and Tests:
Attendance is mandatory for any scheduled in-class presentation or tests.  If a student fails to attend on the pre-arranged date, they will receive an "F" grade.  In the event of a serious occurrence, where a student can produce official documentation, a make up presentation or test may be granted, after discussion with the professor.
When students are absent it is their responsibility to “catch-up” on missed material, announcements, schedule changes, discussions, etc.

Professionalism and Confidentiality:
In cases of cheating or plagiarism, the College Academic Policy will prevail.  Please ensure that all assignments and reports are properly documented.
Students are referred to the following website for the Seneca College Library APA Style Guides, Academic Honesty Policy and Copyright guidelines.

Please retain this subject outline document for future educational and/or employment use.

Important Information:
As a student at Seneca College, you are expected to read the College Academic Policy, College Student Handbook and the ECE Student Handbook.  Please note that this information is very important.

Approved by: Sandra Noble