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

    Bio: Angela Barker, PhD, lives in Suwanee, Georgia, where she teaches private piano lessons and early childhood music classes. She is director of children's choirs at Parkway Baptist Church in Johns Creek, Georgia.

    Wong, S.S.H., & Lim, S.W.H. (2017). Mental imagery boosts music compositional creativity. PLoS ONE, 12(3): e0174009. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0174009

    The researchers investigated "the use of visual-auditory mental imagery in young children's music compositional processes, and established empirical support for its positive effects on music compositional creativity" (p. 8). Nine children, between the ages of 5 and 8, participated in two music composition sessions: a mental imagery session and a control session.

    The mental imagery session involved giving each child a picture of an animal and asking them "to 'hear' and imagine in their head the sounds made by their given animal, as well as to 'see' and imagine the given animal moving" (p. 6). Then…

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