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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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Adolescent music is not problematic

Adolescent music is not problematic

(p.386) Chapter 21 Adolescent music is not problematic
The Child as Musician

Katrina S. McFerran

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the ways that young people appropriate music for healthy and unhealthy purposes. The chapter begins with an examination of common assumptions about how music influences mental health and uses the theory of falsifiability to show that thinking of music as a reliable stimulus is flawed. The alternative idea of music affording possibilities for action is proposed, and Metal music is used as an illustrative example. The relationship between depression and ruminative uses of music is then examined and music therapy processes are described to demonstrate the value of empowered music appropriation. The chapter concludes with practical suggestions about using playlist creation as a strategy for promoting greater intentional and conscious uses of music listening by young people.

Keywords:   teenagers, adolescent, music, mental health, music listening, music therapy

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