Computers and Technology

Peter R. Webster*, Maud Hickey

*Corresponding author for this work

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3 Scopus citations


What has rarely been considered is how advances in music technology might help to support practically the actual developmental understanding of music in children. This chapter reviews important aspects of musical development in terms of music perception, performance, preference, and creation, and links these to music technology. After a summary of music technology history in the last thirty years, it draws connections between the literature on musical development and music technology - particularly music software. It also offers a brief review of studies that have used technology to understand more clearly aspects of music learning. It concludes with thoughts about future directions in considering music technology and the understanding of musical development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Child as Musician
Subtitle of host publicationA Handbook of Musical Development
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191689765
ISBN (Print)0198530323, 9780198530329
StatePublished - Mar 22 2012


  • Music hardware
  • Music learning
  • Music software
  • Music technology
  • Musical development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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