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Characteristics of early productive musicality


Stadler Elmer, Stefanie (2012). Characteristics of early productive musicality. Problems in Music Pedagogy, 10(10-11):9-23.

Abstract

An increasing number of studies provide evidence for an early or even innate capacity of human beings for music. Whereas research on infant perception has made huge progress and gained most attention, this article focuses early musical productivity and thereby the most prominent and earliest form, that is vocalisation. How does infant vocalisation separate out into more singing - like and more speaking - like modes? How is early singing organised? A brief literature review shows the need for more systematic and structurally oriented research.
Hence, as illustrations, excerpts of two previous microanalytic studies are presented to show some beginnings of rulebased musical productions. The children’s temporal organisation of sonorous vocal sounds, the categorical use of the pitch dimension to create melodies, and more or less regular body movements give evidence for the high potential to adapt to musical features. If infants and young children are highly susceptible to musical stimulations and easily learn to produce songs, music education is challenged to revise the traditional concepts of musicality and music education.

Abstract

An increasing number of studies provide evidence for an early or even innate capacity of human beings for music. Whereas research on infant perception has made huge progress and gained most attention, this article focuses early musical productivity and thereby the most prominent and earliest form, that is vocalisation. How does infant vocalisation separate out into more singing - like and more speaking - like modes? How is early singing organised? A brief literature review shows the need for more systematic and structurally oriented research.
Hence, as illustrations, excerpts of two previous microanalytic studies are presented to show some beginnings of rulebased musical productions. The children’s temporal organisation of sonorous vocal sounds, the categorical use of the pitch dimension to create melodies, and more or less regular body movements give evidence for the high potential to adapt to musical features. If infants and young children are highly susceptible to musical stimulations and easily learn to produce songs, music education is challenged to revise the traditional concepts of musicality and music education.

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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:2012
Deposited On:16 Apr 2014 08:48
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:49
Publisher:Daugavpils University
ISSN:1691-2721
Related URLs:http://du.lv/lv/zinatne/periodika/Problems_in_music_pedagogy

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