Perspectives: A Publication of the early Childhood Music and Movement Association

Perspectives: A Publication of the early Childhood Music and Movement Association


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    Author Angela Barker

    Stadler Elmer, S. (2011). Human singing: Towards a developmental theory. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind & Brain, 21(1 & 2), 14–30. Retrieved April 3, 2013. doi:10.1037/h0094001

    The author proposed a 7-stage developmental sequence for singing derived from structural and process-oriented approaches, growing meta-cognitive strategies, and conceptual analyses that support “the process of how children grow up in their culture and adapt to conventions related to singing and music” (p. 22). The stages of singing development included: 1) beginning co-evolution of innate expressive pre-dispositions with the social environment; 2) deferred imitation, emergent rituals, and extended vocal play; 3) intentions to produce singing-like or speech-like vocalizations; 4) sensorimotor strategy (auditory-vocal coordination needed to produce song fragments or entire songs); 5) generalization examples, idiosyncratic song repertoire, and idiosyncratic singing rules; 6) the implicit integration of conventional rules on song singing; and 7) beginning reflection of actions, means, symbols, and concepts (pp. 22–25).

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