The use of musical symbols in the musical-aesthetic life of a toddler: an holistic examination of the artistic life of a two and a half year old using case study design
AffiliationMelbourne Graduate School of Education
Document TypeMasters Research thesis
Access StatusOpen Access
© 2017 Yolette Stewart
Research on the nature of the artistic life and interests of toddlers is still emerging. When it comes to the study of how a two and a half year old may think and operate artistically there can be sequence and logic in what she expresses. Yet on account of the rapidity of change from one mode of expression to the next, some of that sequence and logic can be easily missed, which makes it challenging to capture and define. The key focus of this project was to capture some of those magical moments belonging to the inimitable inner child talk, the child who is naturally drawn to self-expression through the arts. The toddler works fleetingly on some occasions but with more serious attention, emerging skill and efficacy in a range of artistic disciplines on other occasions. Although Music was the focus discipline with which the researcher worked, multi-modal use of artistic forms was undeniably present in the child's search for self-expression and personal creativity. Therefore this examination of how a toddler interacts in relation to all the artistic forms of expression was set within a case study of a two and a half year old toddler, a qualitative paradigm. Research into how toddlers use musical symbols is still emerging; this paper attempts to add to current discussion on the toddler's use of musical symbols. Further to this, how toddlers use the arts to make meaning matters because children develop aesthetic knowledge with which to interpret and also challenge the worlds within and without. This reading and engineering of symbols that abound in the arts provide links and bridges to scrutinising other literacies. Orchestrating multiple literacies, an inalienable right of all children, all ages, everywhere, expands humans, creating pathways for flow, creative expression and innovation.
Keywordstoddlers and the use of musical symbols, toddlers and the arts, toddlers and creative expression in the arts, flow
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