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Meme Engineers: children as producers of musical culture


Barrett, MS, Meme Engineers: children as producers of musical culture, International Journal of Early Years Education, 11, (3) pp. 195-212. ISSN 0966-9760 (2003) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/0966976032000147325


This paper examines the ways in which young children construct and negotiate musical meaning as song-makers in a post-modern consumerist musical world. A critical analysis of the presentation of music in two popular Australian children’s television programmes (Play School and Hi-5) and the ways in which such media impact upon children’s constructions of music and musical understanding is presented. This analysis provides a context for the examination of tensions that exist between a modernist account of what constitutes musical understanding in the young child, and an account that is cognisant of post-modern aesthetics. The implications of this concerning views of children’s musical development and curriculum decision making are discussed and a view of the child as an active agent in the construction of her musical worlds is illustrated through an examination of the musical narratives of a 4-year-old child.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Specialist studies in 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:27184
Year Published:2003
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2003-08-01
Last Modified:2010-05-05
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