Reasons for Rhythm: Multimodal Perspectives on Musical Play

Julia Bishop, Andrew Burn

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


A description and multimodal analysis of children's musical play using a social semiotic approach, with particular focus on the uses and meanings of sight, gesture and touch in musical communication of this kind.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChildren, Media and Playground Cultures
Subtitle of host publicationEthnographic Studies of School Playtimes
EditorsRebekah Willett, Chris Richards, Jackie Marsh, Andrew Burn, Julia C Bishop
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages39
ISBN (Print)978-0-230-32050-5
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Bibliographical note

My contribution to this chapter is 50 percent and lies mainly on pp. 89-103 and in the conclusion (pp. 116-18).


  • Folklore
  • Children
  • Play
  • Musical analysis
  • Music education
  • Multimodal analysis
  • Communication
  • Social semiotics
  • Performance
  • Primary school
  • Ethnomusicology


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