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Vocal creativity: How to analyze children’s song making processes and its developmental qualities


Stadler Elmer, Stefanie (2006). Vocal creativity: How to analyze children’s song making processes and its developmental qualities. In: 9th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Bologna, 22 August 2006 - 26 August 2006, 1732-1739.

Abstract

Vocalization is the most common, primitive and universal musical expression. All essential parameters are present: pitch and timing of vowels, and loudness. Yet, the analysis of vocal musical production is an intricate issue. This paper has three aims: First, a new methodology for analyzing and representing children's singing is introduced. This method is based on acoustic analyses and in addition on a new graphical visualization. The latter serves to represent the acoustic measures as given by the analyses. The advantage is to have pitch and time adequately depicted. Second, this method is demonstrated with a case study. It is an excerpt of a large developmental study on how children adapt to our vocal culture (music, language) while creating new songs. Finally, it is shown how descriptive data resulting from a microgenetic study provide insights into how a child organizes the multiple parameters (syllables, its pitches and timing) into coherent units. Patterns of this creative process are becoming visible. It is claimed a) that analyses of such creative processes are a solid basis for a better understanding – in other words: a theory - of music development; b) that such processes are core issues of progress in musical development.

Abstract

Vocalization is the most common, primitive and universal musical expression. All essential parameters are present: pitch and timing of vowels, and loudness. Yet, the analysis of vocal musical production is an intricate issue. This paper has three aims: First, a new methodology for analyzing and representing children's singing is introduced. This method is based on acoustic analyses and in addition on a new graphical visualization. The latter serves to represent the acoustic measures as given by the analyses. The advantage is to have pitch and time adequately depicted. Second, this method is demonstrated with a case study. It is an excerpt of a large developmental study on how children adapt to our vocal culture (music, language) while creating new songs. Finally, it is shown how descriptive data resulting from a microgenetic study provide insights into how a child organizes the multiple parameters (syllables, its pitches and timing) into coherent units. Patterns of this creative process are becoming visible. It is claimed a) that analyses of such creative processes are a solid basis for a better understanding – in other words: a theory - of music development; b) that such processes are core issues of progress in musical development.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Language:English
Event End Date:26 August 2006
Deposited On:14 May 2014 10:28
Last Modified:08 Dec 2017 05:23
Publisher:ICMPC
ISBN:88-7395-155-4
Official URL:http://www.marcocosta.it/icmpc2006/pdfs/516.pdf

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