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Usability of a Jamming Mobile with 3-6 Year-Old Children for Enhancing Feelings of Social Inclusion and Facilitating Musical Learning

Rinta, T; Purves, RM; Welch, G; (2011) Usability of a Jamming Mobile with 3-6 Year-Old Children for Enhancing Feelings of Social Inclusion and Facilitating Musical Learning. In: Young, S, (ed.) Proceedings of the 5th Conference of the European Network of Music Educators and Researchers of Young Children (MERYC2011). (pp. pp. 275-286). European Network of Music Educators and Researchers of Young Children: Finland: Helsinki. Green open access

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Abstract

JamMo is a new musical education software. An inter-disciplinary team from 5 different EU countries developed the software as part of an EU-funded project. The software was developed to facilitate feelings of social inclusion and musical collaboration amongst children aged 3-12. A pilot study was conducted with a version of the game aimed at 3-6 years. Twenty-eight children aged eight participated in the pilot study. Five sessions were delivered with JamMo over the period of eight weeks at a primary school in London, each focussing on a different JamMo game (composition, singing or improvisation). The games were played on mobile phones and on a desktop computer. Prior and subsequent to the sessions, a questionnaire on the children's musical and IT backgrounds was administered, as well as an instrument for assessing social inclusion. Observations and video recording were conducted during the sessions. Statistical analysis was carried out. The results showed that children who were classified as socially excluded prior to the sessions felt significantly more socially included subsequent to them. Observation and video data illustrated that such children were completely immersed in the sessions and willing to collaborate with their peers. The participant children's musical ability and their attitudes towards music and IT activities had considerably improved during the sessions. Thus, JamMo 3-6 could be used by educators, parents and other professionals working with young children in order to facilitate musical learning, collaboration and feelings of social inclusion in children.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Usability of a Jamming Mobile with 3-6 Year-Old Children for Enhancing Feelings of Social Inclusion and Facilitating Musical Learning
Event: 5th Conference of the European Network of Music Educators and Researchers of Young Children (MERYC2011)
Location: Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki, Finland
Dates: 08 June 2011 - 11 June 2011
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.meryc.eu/proceedings.html
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Music technology, social inclusion, musical games, mobile devices
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10054815
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