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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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My voice is important too: Non-formal music experiences and young people

My voice is important too: Non-formal music experiences and young people

(p.594) Chapter 32 My voice is important too: Non-formal music experiences and young people
The Child as Musician

Lee Higgins

Oxford University Press

Initially an “alternative” approach to formal education within developing countries, interest in non-formal education emerged from those who felt that formal education systems alone could not respond to the challenges of modern society. This chapter introduces the concept of non-formal education and describes how these approaches have been applied to understanding musical development and learning with young people through processes such as facilitation. Through five illustrations of practice, including popular music in a youth club and samba in a school, it explores the experiences of young people and the processes that enable these experiences to become crucibles of musical expression. In conclusion, the chapter suggests that value and recognition be given to non-formal music education in the context of promoting lifelong musical learning.

Keywords:   non-formal, musical expression, formal education, lifelong, popular music, samba, facilitation, musical development

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