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Human singing: Towards a developmental theory


Stadler Elmer, Stefanie (2011). Human singing: Towards a developmental theory. Psychomusicology, 21(1-2):13-30.

Abstract

he aim of this article is to propose a revision of models of singing development that identify age-related stages of mastery of basic elements of the Western-European music system. Instead, emphasis is placed on structural and process-oriented approaches, on growing meta-cognitive strategies, on conceptual analyses that go beyond Western-European conventions and on a methodology that allows assessing the simultaneous configuration of linguistic and musical elements in children’s vocal organization from an acoustical standpoint. Hence, singing is conceptualized from various perspectives, conventions associated with singing are analyzed, and basic rules of children’s songs are exemplified by careful examination of a single song. A micro-genetic analysis of early song singing illustrates a method for studying a child’s strategies in organizing a song. Finally, a seven-stage developmental sequence is proposed as a heuristic for further research.

Abstract

he aim of this article is to propose a revision of models of singing development that identify age-related stages of mastery of basic elements of the Western-European music system. Instead, emphasis is placed on structural and process-oriented approaches, on growing meta-cognitive strategies, on conceptual analyses that go beyond Western-European conventions and on a methodology that allows assessing the simultaneous configuration of linguistic and musical elements in children’s vocal organization from an acoustical standpoint. Hence, singing is conceptualized from various perspectives, conventions associated with singing are analyzed, and basic rules of children’s songs are exemplified by careful examination of a single song. A micro-genetic analysis of early song singing illustrates a method for studying a child’s strategies in organizing a song. Finally, a seven-stage developmental sequence is proposed as a heuristic for further research.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Language:English
Date:2011
Deposited On:16 Apr 2014 08:42
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:49
Publisher:University of Prince Edward Island * Department of Psychology
ISSN:0275-3987
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1037/h0094001

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