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Molly Secord, Music Education
Faculty Mentor: Professor Kerry Renzoni, Music
This study explores what the role of silence is in music making when a music teacher and a young child engage in musical play. Musical play can include vocal and instrumental exploration, and occurs in both informal and formal music learning environments. When playing musically with young children, teachers leave silence to allow students an opportunity to process their own musical thoughts and create new ideas. Video data of a teacher and young child participating in musical play was collected over a four-week period. Video was analyzed using qualitative analysis procedures. Preliminary findings include the conclusion that leaving silence encouraged child-initiated music making.
Secord, Molly, "The Role of Silence in Music Making" (2020). Education. 22nd Annual Student Research and Creativity Conference. SUNY Buffalo State.