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ERIC Number: EJ1139328
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4294
Multimodality and the Multiliteracies Pedagogy: "Design" and "Recruitment" in South African Children's Musical Games
Harrop-Allin, Susan
Journal of Research in Music Education, v65 n1 p25-51 Apr 2017
Drawing on a study of children's musical games in urban South Africa, this article employs two theoretical frames: that of multimodality and the multiliteracies pedagogy. These are applied to a contextual analysis of the forms of musicality that musical games embody and to ways of incorporating children's play into pedagogy. Based on ethnographic research in primary schools in Soweto, I first examine representative examples of musical games in order to demonstrate children's musicianship in relation to the concept of multimodality. Analysis reveals the games' sophistication in terms of children's deployment of multiple modes and the inventiveness their methods imply. Furthermore, a multimodal theoretical frame and analytical approach enables an understanding of musicality as the capacity to "design." Second, children's multimodal musicality prompts questions about how such musicality may become a resource in formal learning. I propose that applying the multiliteracies pedagogy to music education offers a methodological solution for "recruiting" musical games so that the capacities children demonstrate in their games may be developed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa (Johannesburg)
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