Music Education in an Evolutionary Perspective
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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Figure 1. Three critical adaptations for song (in which phylogeny is recapitulated in ontogeny).
Figure 2. Aspects of contrasting pedagogical assumption.
Figure 3. Notation of the Hymn to John the Baptist.
Figure 4. A spiral model of the acquisition of vocal learning.
Figure 5. Romet’s presentation of Sundanese infant and childhood experience.
Figure 6. Musical example of the 4/4 alternating rhythm.
Figure 7. Brain Gym 1.
Figure 8. Brain Gym 2.
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