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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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Transformative music engagement and musical flourishing

Transformative music engagement and musical flourishing

(p.606) Chapter 33 Transformative music engagement and musical flourishing
The Child as Musician

Susan A. O’Neill

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores transformative music engagement (TME) as an orientation to research and practice in music learning. TME comprises defining assumptions about what is needed for young musicians to become deeply engaged in the process of music learning with the aim of optimizing their full potential. TME cultivates and is experienced by young people as purposeful and meaningful music engagement. As an orientation to research, TME contributes to our understanding of young people’s perspectives on what initiates their motivation to learn and sustains their involvement in music-learning activities. As a learner-centered practice, TME fosters expansive learning opportunities that deepen and enhance young people’s music engagement and contribute to their positive youth development. This chapter considers key concepts and approaches within the transformative paradigm and explores the contexts or learning ecologies that characterize and provide the basis for transformative music engagement for cultivating young people’s musical flourishing.

Keywords:   transformative music engagement, positive youth development, expansive learning, musical flourishing, music learning, learner-centered practice

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