Dr Bronya Dean

Bronya Dean



Arts and Language Education; Children; Early Childhood Learning; Early Childhood/Early Years Education; Education; Education Research; Music Education

Qualifications: PhD, PGCert, MA, BMus (Hons), BA

Papers Taught

Research Interests

My research interests centre around music in everyday lives, with a particular focus on the musical experiences of young children. My PhD research explored the spontaneous singing of three- and four-year-old children at home and how they used singing as a tool of agency. Current research projects include an inquiry into professional musicians performing in early childhood education settings and an international collaboration investigating mothers' perceptions of their infant-directed musical activities.

Recent Publications

  • Young, S., & Dean, B. (2020). Children learning to sing in everyday family life in minority world homes. In H. Gudmundsdottir, C. Beynon, K. Ludke, & A. Cohen (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Interdisciplinary Studies in Singing, Volume II: Education. Routledge.

  • Dean, B. (2020). Young children, solitude and singing: self-directed singing and personal agency in three- and four-year-old children at home. Early Child Development and Care. doi:10.1080/03004430.2020.1865941 Open Access version:

  • Dean, B. (2020). Spontaneous singing in early childhood: An examination of young children’s singing at home. Research Studies in Music Education, 1321103X2092413. doi:10.1177/1321103x20924139

  • Dean, B. (2019). Spontaneous singing and musical agency in the everyday home lives of three- and four-year-old children. In S. Young, & B. Ilari (Eds.), Music in Early Childhood: Multi-disciplinary Perspectives and Inter-disciplinary Exchanges (Vol. 27, pp. 103-118). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-17791-1_7

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