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Dorothy Miell, Raymond MacDonald, and David J. Hargreaves

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198529361

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198529361.001.0001

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Musical communication between adults and young children

Musical communication between adults and young children

(p.281) Chapter 13 Musical communication between adults and young children
Musical Communication

Susan Young

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines musical interaction between adults and three- to five-year-old children attending preschool education. First, it discusses musical communication in early childhood and sets out a definition. It then describes two studies that reveal forms of dialogue between adults and children in preschool settings. It considers the role of the adult and how he can be seen to be mediating between his own stock of musical knowledge and experience and the child's emerging musical competencies in a way that fosters creative transformation. This is followed by a discussion of pedagogical strategies. It is argued that creative productivity in music rests on the ability to hold in tension between the individual and the social, and thus enabling children to negotiate musically between their own musical ideas and those of many musical traditions.

Keywords:   musical communication, musical interaction, preschool education, music education

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