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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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Playing an instrument

Playing an instrument

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(p.401) Chapter 22 Playing an instrument
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The Child as Musician
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Gary E. McPherson

Jane W. Davidson

Paul Evans

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198744443.003.0022

Learning to play a musical instrument is one of the most widespread musical activities for children. While much research in the past century has focused on the assessment of musical abilities and the content of their lessons, more recent research has focused on children’s interactions with their social environments and how these interactions impact their ongoing ability and motivation to learn and play music. This chapter explores these social and cognitive developments, starting with how children and their parents select an instrument and negotiate the commencement of formal music learning, through to the task-related cognitive strategies children use to overcome the difficulties associated with learning and practice, and the ways they may eventually become able to integrate an identity as a musician with their own sense of self. Aspects of self-regulation and self-determination theory are discussed.

Keywords:   task strategies, playing instrument, parents, identity, cognitive, music, formal music learning, self-regulation, self-determination theory

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