The Future of Education

Edition 14

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Symbolic Revelations in Children’s Musical Creations

Johanna Maria Roels, Coimeva Comm.V. (Commplementary Initiatives in Music Education and Various Arts) (Belgium)


Psychoanalysis has long taught us to understand and interpret the symbolism contained in the language of dream images and the imagination. This has resulted in a better understanding of the human mind and human behaviour. On an artistic level, it has been known for decades that the symbolic significance of many works of art is based on dream imagery and the imagination. This symbolic significance can be found not only in the work of adults, but also in the work of children, specifically in their plastic creations. The impact of their imaginations and dreams in this process has been recognized for quite some time in developmental psychology. In contrast, research into the impact of imagination and dreaming on children’s musical creations is unknown territory. Especially the way in which children are able to transform musical phenomena into symbols or expressions of archetypes remains unexplored. This study highlights the fact that examples created by children can be very important for both further nuancing musical symbolism and for generating a vocabulary related to auditory archetypes.

Keywords: archetypes, children, imagination, music composition, symbolization


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