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Comparison of Turkish and Western children’s songs in terms of measure keys

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Author(s): Feyzan Göher Vural

Journal: International Journal of Human Sciences
ISSN 1303-5134

Volume: 8;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 286;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Turkish Children’s Songs | Western Children’s Songs | Measure Key | Rhythmic Structure | Musical Analysis

ABSTRACT
Children songs are one of the factors helping children love music, develop their music skills, contributing to cognitive development particularly during early childhood. Although it is considered that most children’s songs are similar in terms of voice area and musical structure, the musical and cultural components of the society where they belong may be reflect in some differences in the children’s songs. There are essential similarities and differences between Turkish and Western children’s songs. They can be seen in several factors such as theme, tonal and rhythmic structures. The measure keys of the songs may also display both difference and similarity in this respect.This study, based on “general scanning model” and “relational scanning model”, has been conducted on 1000 Turkish Children's songs and 1000 Western children’s songs. As a result of the study, determined that measure key counts are highly different but the most frequently used measure keys are parallel.
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