Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Child as MusicianA handbook of musical development$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Gary E. McPherson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198744443

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198744443.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 10 December 2018

Musical play

Musical play

(p.462) Chapter 25 Musical play
The Child as Musician

Kathryn Marsh

Susan Young

Oxford University Press

From infancy through to adolescence children engage in musical play when playing alone and with significant adults, peers, and family members. Play occurs in a range of contexts, including the home, formal and informal early childhood settings, school classrooms and playgrounds, and informal and organized recreational environments. This chapter explores ways in which children’s musical play forms a basis for the acquisition of musical skills and understandings, and the creation and expression of musical ideas in these varying contexts. Developmental changes in the types of musical play, skill acquisition, and musical creativity within different age groups are discussed. Environmental influences on musical play, such as dominant forms of popular culture and varying ethnicities of play partners, are an additional focus and children’s use of marketed technology equipment intended for music play in the home is examined.

Keywords:   musical play, musical creativity, early childhood music, school playgrounds, children’s music, informal learning, musical skills

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .