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The Child as MusicianA handbook of musical development$
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Gary E. McPherson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198744443

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198744443.001.0001

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Felt experiences of popular musics

Felt experiences of popular musics

(p.244) Chapter 13 Felt experiences of popular musics
The Child as Musician

David J. Elliott

Marissa Silverman

Oxford University Press

How do young people’s felt experiences of popular music contribute to their musical development? This chapter constructs answers through a philosophical inquiry that draws support from research in emotion studies, the psychology of personhood, embodied music cognition, and affective neuroscience. A brief introduction to the nature of emotions and popular music is followed by concrete illustrations of selected teenagers’ reflections on their personal emotional experiences of particular pieces of popular music. The discussion then integrates findings in specific psychological and philosophical theories of musical emotions with themes in embodied music cognition that are subsequently applied to contrasting examples of popular music. The chapter ends by positing a provisional concept of how the musical structures, lyrics, and contexts of popular music may arouse emotions, communicate expressions of emotions, and contribute to the musical, emotional, and social development of young people.

Keywords:   popular music, musical development, musical experiences, embodied cognition, personhood

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