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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the process of composing original music and then recording that music to produce a CD.. The research was carried out with a group of ten adolescent students in a music composition workshop offered as an extracurricular activity at a public school in the municipality of Gravataí, Brazil. The methodology adopted was action research. Data included active observations and transcripts of audio-taped interviews. Analysis of the data revealed that compositional processes resulted beyond musical structures to those of social-affective inter-relations among the group members. The recording of the compositions provided the students with auditory feedback, facilitating the establishment of new aesthetic understanding about their own compositions. Moreover, CD production became a tangible result of the music making of the group, in which collective and individual identities were fused.

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