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Music Education for Children with Autism Spectrum DisorderA Resource for Teachers$
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Sheila Scott

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190606336

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190606336.001.0001

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Musical Narratives

Musical Narratives

Integrating Musical Experiences through Storytelling and Drama

(p.211) 7 Musical Narratives
Music Education for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Sheila J. Scott

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   Autism spectrum disorder, Drama, Education

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