Musical Identities

Paperback | September 1, 2002

EditorRaymond A. R. MacDonald, David J Hargreaves, Dorothy Miell

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Music is a tremendously powerful channel through which people develop their personal and social identities. Music is used to communicate emotions, thoughts, political statements, social relationships, and physical expressions. But, just as language can mediate the construction and negotiationof developing identities, so music can also be a means of communication through which aspects of people's identities are constructed. Music can have a profound influence on our developing sense of identity, our values, and our beliefs, whether from rock music, classical music, or jazz. Differentresearch studies in social and developmental psychology are beginning to chart the various ways in which these processes occur, and this is the first book to examine the relationship between music and identity. The first section focuses on Developing Musical Identities, and deals with the ways in which individuals involved in musical participation develop personal identities that are intrinsically musical. Chapters include: 'The self identity of young musicians', 'Musical identities and the schoolenvironment' and 'Personal identity and music: a family perspective'. The second section deals with Developing Identities Through Music and contains chapters on 'Gender identity and music', 'National identity and music' and 'Music as a catalyst for changing personal identity'. This is the first book to deal with musical identity from a psychological perspective, and will be fascinating and important reading for postgraduate and research psychologists in social, developmental, and music psychology. The book will also appeal to those within the applied fields of healthand educational psychology, music education, and music therapy.

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Music is a tremendously powerful channel through which people develop their personal and social identities. Music is used to communicate emotions, thoughts, political statements, social relationships, and physical expressions. But, just as language can mediate the construction and negotiationof developing identities, so music can also...

Raymond MacDonald has been lecturing and researching in the psychology of music for a number of years, currently at Glasgow Caledonian University. He has also been Artistic Director for a music production company, Sounds of Progress, working with individuals with special needs, and is an experienced jazz saxophonist. David Hargreaves...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.45 × 6.61 × 0.5 inPublished:September 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198509324

ISBN - 13:9780198509325

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Table of Contents

1. David Hargreaves, Dorothy Miell and Raymond MacDonald: What are musical identities and why are they important?2. Colwyn Trevarthen: Origins of musical identity: evidence from infancy for musical social awareness Part I: Developing Musical Identities3. Alexandra Lamont: Musical identities and the school environment4. Sophia Borthwick and Jane Davidson: Developing a child's identity as a musician: a family 'script' perspective5. Susan O'Neill: The self-identity of young musicians6. Jane Davidson: The solo performer's identityPart II: Developing Identities Through Music7. Nicola Dibben: Gender identity and music8. Mark Tarrant, Adrian North and David Hargreaves: Youth identity and music9. Goran Folkestad: National identity and music10. Raymond MacDonald and Dorothy Miell: Music for individuals with special needs: a catalyst for developments in identity, communication and musical ability11. Wendy Magee: Disability and identity in music therapyName IndexSubject Index

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`...the book raises many interesting hypotheses - always a good thing, as books of facts date quickly, but books of ideas inspire.'Popular Music