Integrating Musical Experiences through Storytelling and Drama
Storytelling and drama integrate the music activities described in earlier chapters (e.g., singing, moving, listening, and playing instruments) into holistic experiences called musical narratives. Chapter 7 begins with an explanation of how children on the autism spectrum benefit from experiences with musical narratives. This approach to music education guides students’ understanding of play within social environments and provides them with hands-on experiences with storytelling through interactive play. Through musical narratives students acquire an understanding of how stories are built from sequences of events with sections interconnecting to form a whole. As portrayed here, learning through story, drama, and music is improvisational. Children need several opportunities for guidance through musical narratives, with each retelling offering children renewed prospects for interactions with others. Chapter 7 ends by presenting one musical narrative designed for children on the autistic spectrum, called Festive Fall.
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