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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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The transition from adolescent to adult music learner

The transition from adolescent to adult music learner

(p.626) Chapter 34 The transition from adolescent to adult music learner
The Child as Musician

Jane W. Davidson

Robert Faulkner

Oxford University Press

The transition through adolescence to adulthood has been characterized by Erik Erikson as a period of psychosocial crisis of identity and role confusion: individuals cast off or take on particular kinds of behaviors and values in the construction of an autonomous self. This chapter explores the transition through teenage musical engagement to adult music learner and, in particular, examines the events that mark successful or unsuccessful navigation of the adolescent phase frequently rooted in questions of emergent identity and family support. Theories of the construction of self and several accounts of how factors align for the musical self to be developed focus the discussion of this major transition in young people’s musical lives. Through longitudinal studies and recent research, the relationships around musical engagement and the circumstances that create transitions in musical identity and development are discussed, and the strategies by which the adolescent musician negotiates them examined.

Keywords:   adolescence, music learner, identity, family support, musical lives, musical engagement

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