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The Child as MusicianA handbook of musical development$
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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

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The individual and social worlds of children’s musical creativities

The individual and social worlds of children’s musical creativities

(p.485) Chapter 26 The individual and social worlds of children’s musical creativities
The Child as Musician

Pamela Burnard

Hsu-Chan Kuo

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with some questions arising from traditional and new expanded notions of creativities. The literature tells a story, by no means entirely consistent, of what we know about the ways in which children come to make their own music in individual and social settings, highlighting the significance of culture and context in influencing children’s musical creativities and their development. But, as with all studies of development, whilst researchers seek to establish how development takes place, the general question as to what develops—in terms of abilities, sets of basic capacities, skills, strategies and “know-how,” and practices or combinations of these—very much depends upon the different assumptions the researcher brings to the research. The chapter concludes with a proposed framework and tools for thinking about children’s musical creativities as individually and socially situated, and the formative role of culture and environment.

Keywords:   musical creativities, sociocultural meanings, music, children, musical development, creativity

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