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ERIC Number: EJ835844
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-1076-2175
Using Technology to Assist Gifted Children's Musical Development
Schroth, Stephen T.; Helfer, Jason A.; Dammers, Richard
Gifted Child Today, v32 n2 p54-61 Spr 2009
Many gifted children are exposed to music as listeners or performers or both. Children who are sophisticated listeners recognize the importance of and differences between the various works they hear and are knowledgeable about a sometimes large and significant repertoire. Children who are gifted performers are able to make a musical composition come alive by translating the various markings on a musical score into expressive sound. Although encyclopedic knowledge or technical facility are both important ways of demonstrating a child's developing musicality, gifted children also benefit from investigating musical concepts through the medium of composition. Considering a child's interests, readiness levels, and learning profile and then designing or supporting the design of composition opportunities so that learning outcomes progress to the next level is one important way a well-rounded musician can develop. The challenges of parents, teachers, and students who are unsure of their ability as musicians in general or composers specifically can be lessened by the use of Web-based and software composition tools. This article discusses the wealth of resources available today for little or no cost that can revolutionize the use of this instructional strategy with gifted children. Specific software packages are examined, including hardware and software requirements for those packages, so that parents and teachers may better assess equipment needed for compositional activities. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Teachers
Language: English
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