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Every Child a Composer

Music Education in an Evolutionary Perspective

Nicholas Bannan

This book breaks new ground in drawing on evolutionary psychology in support of advocacy for music education, and the presentation of innovative musical pedagogy. The book adopts the perspective that musical experience is the birthright of all human beings through the decisive role it played in the evolution of our species, the traces of which we carry in our genes. The author draws on scientific developments in acoustics, neuroscience, linguistics, archaeology and anthropology to examine theories that have emerged powerfully during the last twenty years and which argue for the significance of the practice of music as foundational to human culture. This position is examined in parallel with research into how children learn musically, and the role that creative decision making plays in this. A series of strategies is presented that explores collective creativity which draws on vocalisation, the use of gesture, and instinctive responses to harmony to develop musical imagination.

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Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the Deutsche Nationalbibliografie; detailed bibliographic data is available on the Internet at http://dnb.d-nb.de.

A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library.

Names: Bannan, Nicholas, author.

Title: Every child a composer : music education in an evolutionary perspective / Nicholas Bannan.

Description: Bern ; New York : Peter Lang, 2019. | Includes bibliographical references and index.

Identifiers: LCCN 2018028536 | ISBN 9781788740838 (alk. paper)

Subjects: LCSH: Music--Instruction and study. | Evolutionary psychology.

Classification: LCC MT1 .B3137 2018 | DDC 780.71--dc23 LC record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2018028536

Cover image: Nic Babic.

Cover design by Peter Lang Ltd.

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