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The Musical Playground: Global Tradition and Change in Children's Songs and Games

Kathryn Marsh


This book provides an account of the musical play of school-aged children. Based on fifteen years of ethnomusicological field research in urban and rural school playgrounds around the globe, this book provides unique insights into children's musical playground activities across social, cultural, and national contexts. The book examines sung and chanted games, singing and dance routines associated with popular music and sports chants, and more improvised and spontaneous chants, taunts, and rhythmic movements. The book introduces playgrounds in Australia, Norway, the United States, the United Ki ... More

Keywords: musical play, children, school playgrounds, singing games, dance, sports chants, taunts, popular music, ethnomusicology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195308983
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195308983.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathryn Marsh, author
Sydney Conservatorium of Music

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