A space for making : collaborative composition as social participation

Hart, AM ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3210-1223 and Williams, AE ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9737-5375 2021, 'A space for making : collaborative composition as social participation' , Organised Sound, 26 (2) , pp. 240-254.

[img] PDF - Published Version
Restricted to Repository staff only

Download (1MB) | Request a copy


Music composition is traditionally regarded as an act of individual creation and expression, but can be approached, through the aid of digital platforms, as an activity which encourages learning through social participation. This article describes the development of a tablet-based app, Paynter, intended as a digital graphic interface for group collaborative composition, and its experimental use in a primary school in Salford, U.K, alongside musicians from the BBC Philharmonic orchestra. The app created a framework for a negotiated language of symbols used by two groups of students at key stage 1 and key stage 2 to tell stories through sound and music. Its functionality enabled compositional thinking to emerge collectively from groups with relatively little exposure to the idea of composing and little knowledge of traditional notational or digital sequencing technologies. The research is grounded in a theoretical context of constructivist approaches to education.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media
Journal or Publication Title: Organised Sound
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 1355-7718
Related URLs:
Depositing User: AM Hart
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2022 09:45
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2022 09:45
URI: https://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/62513

Actions (login required)

Edit record (repository staff only) Edit record (repository staff only)


Downloads per month over past year