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Composing, improvising and doodling

Keeping a record

When children create their own music, there is often no tangible ‘record’ of this. Yet, this is simple to achieve, either through audio (or audio-visual) recordings (for example, taken on a portable device such as a mobile phone) and/or through some kind of written record. Children’s invented notations are often ingenious and meaningful to them and are something you could definitely encourage. Using notation in this way helps children to understand that there is a sonic and visual relationship between sounds and symbols and that writing down and reading music has a purpose. The key point, however, is that children make up their own music, whether or not they write it down.