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ERIC Number: EJ924989
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-0885-6257
"Sounds of Intent", Phase 2: Gauging the Music Development of Children with Complex Needs
Ockelford, A.; Welch, G.; Jewell-Gore, L.; Cheng, E.; Vogiatzoglou, A.; Himonides, E.
European Journal of Special Needs Education, v26 n2 p177-199 2011
This article reports the latest phase of research in the "Sounds of intent" project, which is seeking, as a long-term goal, to map musical development in children and young people with severe, or profound and multiple learning difficulties (SLD or PMLD). Previous exploratory work had resulted in a framework of six putative music-developmental stages set across three domains of musical engagement: reactivity, proactivity and interactivity. This was intended as a first step in enabling teachers and therapists to gauge their pupils' levels of musical development. The research described in this paper indicates that a moderately fine-grained observation schedule (involving three sub-levels per "Sounds of intent" developmental stage) may be sufficient to show longitudinal change in the observed musical engagement of pupils with PMLD, three groups of whom participated in a specially designed programme of musical activities over a six-month period. However, mapping the individual's levels of attainment onto their chronological ages indicates that, generally speaking, musical progress is likely to be made in tiny increments--notionally equivalent to around one "Sounds of intent" level during a child's entire time in compulsory education (4-16 in the UK). This suggests that an even finer-grained observation scheme may be of value to practitioners seeking to chart change in the longer term. It is proposed that this should be the subject of further research, and should comprise two components: "level" and "frequency" of engagement. (Contains 8 figures, 6 tables, and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom