Songs in Their Heads: Music and Its Meanings in Children's Lives

Songs in Their Heads: Music and Its Meanings in Children's Lives

by Patricia Shehan Campbell

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Songs in Their Heads: Music and Its Meanings in Children's Lives by Patricia Shehan Campbell

This book explores the meaning and value of music in children's lives, based upon their expressed thoughts and actual "musicking" behaviors in school and at play. Blending standard education field experiences with ethnomusicological techniques, Patricia Campbell demonstrates how music is personally and socially meaningful to children and what values they place on particular musical styles, songs, and functions. She explores musical behaviors in various contextual settings, and presents in notated narrative forms some of the "songs in their heads," balancing music learned with music "made," and intentional, purposeful music with natural music behavior.

Songs in Their Heads is a vivid and engaging book that bridges the disciplines of music education, ethnomusicology, and folklore. Designed as a text or supplemental text in a variety of music education method courses, as well as a reference for music specialists and classroom teachers, this book will also appeal to parents interested in understanding and enhancing music making in their own children.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195111019
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 04/28/1998
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Patricia Shehan Campbell is the author of numerous books on music for children, a teacher, and an active musician. Her training in education and ethnomusicology has led her to the development of curricula in music and cultural studies, and has helped shape her unique approach to understanding children and their musical capacities. In addition to her post of Professor of Music at the University of Washington, she has lectured on world music education and children's musical involvement throughout the United States, in much of Europe and Asia, and in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

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