Music in Our Lives: Rethinking Musical Ability, Development and Identity

Paperback | April 22, 2012

byGary E. McPherson, Jane W. Davidson, Robert Faulkner

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Why do some children take up music, while others dont? Why do some excel, whilst others give up? Why do some children favour classical music, whilst others prefer rock? These are questions that have puzzled music educators, psychologists, and musicologists for many years. Yet, they are incredibly difficult and complex questions to answer. Music in our lives takes an innovative approach to trying to answer these questions. It is drawn from a research project that spanned fourteen years, and closely followed the lives of over 150 children learning music - from their seventh to their twenty second birthdays. This detailed longitudinal approach helped the authors probe a number of important issues. For example, how do you define musical skill and ability? Is it true, as many assume, that continuous engagement in performance is the sole way in which those skills can be developed? What are theconsequences of trends and behaviours observed amongst the general public, and their listening consumption. After presenting an overview and detailed case study explorations of musical lives, the book provides frameworks and theory for further investigation and discussion. It tries to present an holistic interpretation of these studies, and looks at their implications for musical development andeducation. Accessibly written by three leading researchers in the fields of music education and music psychology, this book makes a powerful contribution to understanding the dynamic and vital context of music in our lives.

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Why do some children take up music, while others dont? Why do some excel, whilst others give up? Why do some children favour classical music, whilst others prefer rock? These are questions that have puzzled music educators, psychologists, and musicologists for many years. Yet, they are incredibly difficult and complex questions to answ...

Gary E. McPherson studied music education at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, before completing a master of music education at Indiana University, a doctorate of philosophy at the University of Sydney and a licentiate and fellowship in trumpet performance through Trinity College, London. Before arriving in Melbourne to take up his c...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:342 pagesPublished:April 22, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199579296

ISBN - 13:9780199579297

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1. Frames of reference and the origins of the study2. Initial music learning and practice3. Early progress in music performance4. "For how long can you expect a child to blow into a French horn?"5. From childhood participation to adulthood involvement and experiences6. Anthony and Alistair: a smooth progression to talent?7. Lily and Bryan: exits and entrances in musical lives8. A family dynamic9. Tristram: Speaking about my own musical life, development and identity10. Sarah: Speaking about my own musical life, development and identity11. Music in our lives: A developmental explanation12. Musical transactions, the power of expression and the self-regulation of musical development