Music as Well-being
Chapter Three: The Development of a Phenomenography of the Musical Experience
Chapter Three The Development of a Phenomenography of the Musical Experience As I developed a critique of Western music, drawing on my experience at Oxford University and the underpinning constructs of musicking in the wider community, my concern was to develop a model of musicking that might restore some of the elements lost in the academic study of music. It started in the area of music education; but it soon expanded beyond that, following my appointment as a music lecturer at what was then King Alfred’s College but later became the University of Winchester. It also developed from my increasing personal development and involvement in the area of the spirituality of music and as a church musician; finally I became ordained as an Anglican priest. A spiral model of children’s musical development had been devel- oped as part of my PhD research in association with my supervisor Keith Swanwick (Swanwick and Tillman 1986, Boyce-Tillman 1991a and b). It was a helix showing the main concerns of children at various points in their development as composers/improvisers. It described children exploring sounds freely individually and in groups in what came to be known as crea- tive music making. My own work charted how pupils developed musically in this environment based on ten years of observation and experiment: 124 Chapter Three It showed how the youngest children explore sound freely as part of a wider sensory exploration of the world and how the development of the ability to control bodily movements is linked...
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