Listening and observing children's vocal play

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    Wednesday, 16 September, 2015 - 16:02

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Waypointwaypoint/familiar-song-sung-spontaneouslyA familiar song sung spontaneously 241.0835.0""#0000002
Waypointwaypoint/vocal-sound-accompanies-movement-or-instrument-soundA vocal sound that accompanies a movement or instrument sound.344.0557.0""#0000002
Waypointwaypoint/made-song-or-chantA made up song or chant193.0202.0""#0000002
Waypointwaypoint/familiar-song-different-wordsA familiar song but with different words868.0668.0""#0000002
Waypointwaypoint/mixture-more-one-songA mixture of more than one song767.0165.0""#0000002
Waypointwaypoint/vocalising-accompanies-other-playVocalising that accompanies other play. 840.0536.0""#0000002
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A familiar song sung spontaneously

‘On the days that I visit the children’s centre I’m often greeted by Ellis engaged in moving plastic animals around and creating imaginary narratives. I observe also him also singing variations of Old MacDonald had a farm to accompany this play.’

A vocal sound that accompanies a movement or instrument sound.

Jake and Calum (aged 4) have created ‘beings’ out of the connecting ‘bits’ shown in the photo. As they move the ‘beings’ through the air and their ‘beings’ interact with each other they accompany their movements with a rich and varied array of vocal sounds. Tck, tck, tck, oooooooo, zzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Each sound accompanies a distinct movement and the sounds are revisited.

A made up song or chant

‘Elise, age 3, tells me ‘I’ve got no shoes on’. She says it rhythmically again and again like a chant. I chorus it back to her with a melody and she choruses back ‘no shoes, no shoes’ with her own melody.’

A familiar song but with different words

'Rukeha has brought me a book and wants to share it with me. I sing parts of the story to the tune of Freres Jacques. After a while Rukeha takes over inventing her own words to the same tune.’

A mixture of more than one song

‘Muneeza (aged 4) is playing a steady beat going between the drum and the xylo-bars.  Dum ting dum ting dum ting…after a while she begins to sing;

Daffy Duck, Daffy Duck,
Once I caught a fish alive,
Why do, why do, why do, why?  (This she accompanied with stamping feet.)
Humpty Dumpty why do?  (Four times)
(Muneeza then spins around)
Humpty Dumpty jumping on the wall, (Accompanied by stamps and drum.)
Why do let him go, (Three times)

Vocalising that accompanies other play.

‘Humeira is drawing on some large blank manuscript paper.  She draws tight wiggly lines in a straight line fitted in between the lines of the manuscript. As she draws she sings a song using nonsense words. The song starts and stops with the movement of the pen on the paper. Some are long songs some are short. After each one I perform the song on my recorder being as faithful as I can to her pitch contours'.

musical drawing

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