hkr.sePublications
Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Children's practice of computer-based composition as a form of play
Kristianstad University, Department of Behavioural Sciences. Kristianstad University, Forskningsmiljön Mat, måltid, hälsa i 24-timmarsperspektivet. (Specialpedagogik: Att möta alla elever, MMH24)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2766-5235
2006 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Music in different forms is significant in young people’s lives. Due to the media revolution in our modern society, children of today learn a lot about music on their own by taking part in an increasing production of musical cultures. In this paper different forms of play is applied as a way to reach a deeper understanding of children’s creative music making.

This article describes a 2-year empirical study of nine 8-year-old Swedish children creating music with synthesiser and computer software. The research questions are aimed at: (a) clarifying the creative processes young children employ when they create music using digital tools, (b) describing and analysing the musical outcomes that are produced by the children as a result of this process, and (c) reaching a deeper understanding of what creative music making means to the children.

The tasks assigned to the children were framed as invitations to create music to different pictures. Step by step computer MIDI-files of the composition processes were systematically collected, observations were made and interviews were carried out with each of the participants. A theoretical framework called ecocultural perspective, developed by the author, was applied in the analysis. This ecocultural perspective is based on four theoretical areas: (i) musical learning and creative activities in informal and everyday situations, (ii) oral practice, (iii) theories of play, and (iv) how these three are linked to chance, uncertainty and unpredictable events.

In the analysis, five variations of the children’s practice of composing were identified, each with a different object in the foreground: (i) the synthesiser and computer, (ii) personal fantasies and emotions, (iii) the playing of the instrument, (iv) the music itself, and (v) the task. Findings also provide evidence that young children are able to create music with form and structure.

In this paper findings will be demonstrated and further discussed from the above mentioned ecocultural perspective, where play is considered especially important as a way of creating meaning in musical activities.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bologna, Italy, 2006.
Keywords [en]
Musical creativity, Play, Computerbased composition
National Category
Pedagogy
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-6140OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hkr-6140DiVA, id: diva2:296091
Conference
The 9th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC9), Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna, August 22-26 2006
Available from: 2010-02-18 Created: 2010-02-18 Last updated: 2014-07-24Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text in DiVA

Authority records BETA

Nilsson, Bo

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Nilsson, Bo
By organisation
Department of Behavioural SciencesForskningsmiljön Mat, måltid, hälsa i 24-timmarsperspektivet
Pedagogy

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar

urn-nbn

Altmetric score

urn-nbn
Total: 51 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf