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Invented Notations: A View of Young Children's Musical Thinking


Barrett, MS, Invented Notations: A View of Young Children's Musical Thinking, Research Studies in Music Education, 8, (1) pp. 2-14. ISSN 1321-103X (1997) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1177/1321103X9700800102


The research reported in this article describes some of the ways in which young children use idiosyncratic symbols (invented notations) to encode their compositional experiences in music. These symbols may be viewed as vehicles for conveying meaning and are precursors to the development of the culturally agreed symbol systems of the adult literate world. The investigation was naturalistic in design and focused on children's individual responses to simple compositional tasks completed in an early childhood setting. A number of categories of symbolisation emerged from the data collected, suggesting that as children become more experienced in encoding their responses, their recordings become less context-bound and more concerned with ideas and concepts.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Other education
Research Field:Other education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Barrett, MS (Professor Margaret Barrett)
ID Code:10585
Year Published:1997
Deposited By:Early Childhood and Primary Education
Deposited On:1997-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-11

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