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1. Niland, Amanda. "Relationships, reflection, reciprocity: The three Rs of researching young children's relationships with songs" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ISME World Conference and Commission Seminars, China Conservatory of Music (CC) and Chinese National Convention Centre (CNCC), Beijing, China, Aug 01, 2010 Online <PDF>. 2020-02-22 <>
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Abstract: This paper provides an overview of a study of young children’s relationships with songs. The study combines creative work, ethnography and arts-based research to follow the ‘lives’ of original songs composed by the researcher within the musical and social culture of a child care centre in Sydney, Australia. Central to the methodology are three Rs. The first is relationships – between children and songs, between researcher and children. The second is reflection – by the researcher alone and in collaboration with children, on her role, interactions and data. The third is reciprocity – the recognition that research has an impact on the community being studied, and that the researcher has an ethical obligation to work towards conferring benefits on that community in return for the professional and personal benefits she will achieve through the research. In this study these three Rs all focus around music – relationships developed through the sharing of songs, reflection on those songs, and reciprocity through the gift to the researcher of deeper understanding of children’s relationship with songs and the gift to the centre of specially composed songs as well as aural and visual forms of documentation of the research.

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