In summary, systematic observation of young children’s musical behavior reveals a rich and diverse pattern of development and musical competencies. Although development may be faster or slower for particular individuals, there is sufficient evidence to suggest that, with appropriate support, all young children can achieve a degree of mastery in the contemporary musical idioms of the maternal culture. Moreover, a child’s present mastery level is always subject to qualitative change, especially in a supportive environment. The complex interaction between the basic structure of the human intellect and the opportunities provided by the socio-cultural environment determine the nature and extent of musical development in early childhood and on through the lifespan. Observed differences reflect individual developmental “routes” along the socially constructed musical “pathways.”
- Musical Experience
- Musical Genre
- Melodic Contour
- Pitch Match
- Vocal Pitch
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