Youtube as an early childhood music education resource parental attitudes, beliefs, usages, and experiences
This descriptive study was designed with two main purposes: (a) to provide researchers and educators with baseline information about current YouTube music usages and practices and (b) to examine parental attitudes and beliefs towards YouTube as a music education resource. One hundred ninety-two (N = 192) parents of toddler-age children (16-to-36 months old) participated in a researcher-constructed survey designed to examine the digital home music environment, digital musical parenting, and parent-child YouTube music experiences. Results indicated that parents accessed YouTube regularly, maintained positive attitudes towards YouTube, and considered YouTube to be an effective resource for children’s overall learning and music skills. Data suggested that children engage with and respond to digital music in various ways, and parental beliefs about YouTube were multi-faceted. Findings suggested a need for accessible musical parenting guidelines and resources in this YouTube generation.