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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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Children, popular music, and identity

Children, popular music, and identity

(p.265) Chapter 14 Children, popular music, and identity
The Child as Musician

Sharon G. Davis

Oxford University Press

This chapter will consider the nature of the learning processes involved when children engage with popular music, privately and in school music settings. The opening section addresses sociocultural roles of popular music in children’s lives and how it provides avenues of shared experiences with family members, and a platform for shared understandings and cultural capital between peers. Popular music styles play a predominant role in the listening environment for many children, and the chapter highlights some of the ways children participate in popular music informally and how this engagement works to affect their conceptual and emotional views of music, which emerge in formal learning situations. Listening is not a passive activity for children, but rather forms the basis for musical engagement and identity construction. Highlighted throughout is children’s use of informal and holistic processes, which inform the development of their musical identities.

Keywords:   popular music, musical identity, children, listening, cultural capital, informal learning

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