Modeling musical development in children with complex needs: the <i>Sounds of Intent</i> project

Adam Ockelford

in Applied Musicology

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199607631
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191747687 | DOI:
Modeling musical development in children with complex needs: the Sounds of Intent project

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If the zygonic conjecture is correct, then it follows that the capacity to hear musical structure through perceived sonic imitation must develop as a feature of human maturation. Here we explore evidence for such development that has been amassed in the context of studies of children and young people with ‘complex needs’, referring in particular to those who have severe or profound learning difficulties, with the possibility of autism. That is not to say that the music-developmental findings pertaining to this special group could reasonably be taken to be representative of the wider population without substantial further research. However, as shall be seen, the conclusions that are drawn are at least consistent with the findings of the ‘mainstream’ music-developmental literature that has appeared to date, and preliminary work with other (non-disabled) cohorts of children indicates that the framework of musical development that is proposed may well have wider applicability.

Keywords: zygonic theory; complex needs; autism; learning difficulties; musical development; sounds of Intent

Chapter.  19721 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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