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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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Fostering lifelong engagement in music

Fostering lifelong engagement in music

(p.639) Chapter 35 Fostering lifelong engagement in music
The Child as Musician

Stephanie E. Pitts

Oxford University Press

This chapter takes a life history approach to investigating the long-term impact of musical learning on lifelong participation, engagement, and attitudes. Using illustrative examples from a study of adult musical engagement in the UK and Italy, the chapter considers the long-term effects of musical experiences in childhood through to adolescence, looking at the skills, opportunities, and affirmation that can be provided by parents, teachers, and other mentors—and at the effects of their absence where musical nourishment is lacking. These retrospective data shed new light on the stated aims of music education and music learning, and raise challenging questions about the influence of musical provision in schools and communities, and the extent to which this prepares young people for lifelong engagement in music.

Keywords:   lifelong musical engagement, musical participation, mentors, musical, music learning

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