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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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Representation, cognition, and communication

Representation, cognition, and communication

invented notation in children's musical communication

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(p.117) Chapter 6 Representation, cognition, and communication
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Musical Communication
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Margaret S. Barrett

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198529361.003.0006

This chapter examines the communicative role of invented notation in children's experiences. It provides an overview of research in children's thinking as users of invented notation; examines the communicative role of invented notation as initiation into the use of conventional symbolic systems and/or externalization of musical thinking; and explores the potential relationship of invented notation to other forms of sign-making activity (drawing, writing, using mathematical symbols). To provide a context for the discussions some of the roles of notation in musical communication in the broader context of western music are briefly examined.

Keywords:   musical communication, invented notation, music notations, musical thinking, children's experiences, sign-making activity

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