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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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Musical literacy: Music as language

Musical literacy: Music as language

(p.192) Chapter 10 Musical literacy: Music as language
The Child as Musician

Chris Philpott

Oxford University Press

This chapter aims to develop a foundational conception of musical literacy during childhood that underpins all wider musical literacies. This is approached through an analysis of the fundamental ways in which music makes meaning (semiosis) and utilizes a notion of music as language. This conception of meaning making in music is characterized by dynamic and interpretive processes and where the body in the mind is central to being musically literate. Finally, this description of a foundational musical literacy for children is used to explore current issues and debates in music education, such as the relationship between intuitive and analytical literacies and implications for the developmental sequence of children’s musical learning.

Keywords:   musical literacy, music as language, semiosis, musical literacy, intuitive, analytical, music learning

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