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Holmes, WN 2009 , 'Music, sociality, and digital technology' , Computer, vol. 42, no. 9 , 104, 102-103 , doi:

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This essay starts by reviewing the neurological basis of music and its relationship to language, touching on the implication from the study of the Amazonian Pirahã language that language evolved from music. Next the strong social aspects of music are outlined, and the social benefit of musical exposure in early chilhood, and the related implications for rehabilitative education, outlined. Four radio broadcasts about music education by two trained music teachers, available on the Web, are then summarised. The conclusions drawn are that early music education is of fundamental importance, and that digital technology can be applied in such education very effectively.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Holmes, WN
Keywords: music education, rehabilitative education, origin of language, neuromusic, digital technology, sociality
Journal or Publication Title: Computer
ISSN: 0018-9162
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Links to the four ABC radio programs summarised in the essay were included in the draft of this essay but were removed by the editors because they were unable to successfully use them. Possibly this was because their browsers did not handle MP3 files properly, possibly because they did not realise that several minutes might elapse before the downloaded file started playing. The four tinyURLs were and

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