Composing in a Second Grade Music Class: Crossing a Watershed as Children Begin to Understand Song as Structure

Composing in a Second Grade Music Class: Crossing a Watershed as Children Begin to Understand Song as Structure

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Many children have little opportunity in school settings to develop their natural propensity to create music. The purpose of this collective case study was to describe and interpret the experiences of seven-year-old children as they composed and shared songs in a second grade music class during sixteen class sessions over an eleven-week period. The primary research questions were: What processes do children use to compose songs and what is the nature of the songs that the children compose? How do interactions with others in the classroom influence children's song compositions? In what ways do the children's songs and the processes used to produce them indicate development in musical thinking?At one point, when Nathaniel was finished with his picture song book, he helped Joan cut out ghosts to paste into her book. He told me that he had always liked music. The earliest music he could remember liking was Mozart. He had a smallanbsp;...


Title:Composing in a Second Grade Music Class: Crossing a Watershed as Children Begin to Understand Song as Structure
Author:Margo M. Hall
Publisher:ProQuest - 2007
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