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The Child as MusicianA handbook of musical development$
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Gary McPherson

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780198530329

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198530329.001.0001

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The Individual and Social Worlds of Children's Musical Creativity

The Individual and Social Worlds of Children's Musical Creativity

(p.353) Chapter 18 The Individual and Social Worlds of Children's Musical Creativity
The Child as Musician

Pamela Burnard

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines how creativity can be understood in relation to children's musical development and the specific lines of development that interact to create the dynamics of change in children's musical creativity. It tries to show that the locus of development, for many children in the 21st century, gives prominence to the influence of peers and other social-cultural influences in children's lives. Similarly, hearing something differently, feeling differently about something, or having new ideas, thoughts, and feelings, can be considered as constituting the development of musical creativity, whereby children construct meaning through a variety of musical experiences situated in social contexts.

Keywords:   musical creativity, children's creativity, social influence, musical development, culture

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