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This book explores the musical interest and needs of children in their daily lives. Based upon their expressed thoughts and actual 'musicking' behaviours, this text examines the songs they sing, the rythyms they make, and the roles that music plays for them. Blending standard education field experiences with ethnographic techniques, Dr. Campbell demonstrates how music is personally and socially meaningful to children and what values they place on particular musical styles, songs, and functions. He explores musical behaviours in various contextual settings, and presents in notated and narrative forms some of the 'songs in their heads', balancing music learned with music 'made', and intentional, purposeful music with natural musical behaviour. Songs in Their Heads is a vivid and engaging book that bridges the disciplines of music education, musicology, 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 children.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780195111019
ISBN-10: 019511101X
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Pages: 260
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 9-Jul-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Patricia Shehan Campbell

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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