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The Child as MusicianA handbook of musical development$
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Gary McPherson

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780198530329

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198530329.001.0001

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Positive Youth Musical Engagement

Positive Youth Musical Engagement

(p.461) Chapter 23 Positive Youth Musical Engagement
The Child as Musician

Susan A. O'neill

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the concept of diversity and the social groups associated with musical engagement during childhood and adolescence. In particular, it focuses on new directions that the concept of diversity provides in guiding the thinking about musical development from a number of different perspectives. It then outlines a theory of generativity that provides a framework for examining how generative processes influence young people's conceptions of themselves as music-learners and the implication of these processes for music educators. Before considering these issues, this chapter summarises a key perspective that is receiving increasing attention in child and adolescent developmental theory and research. This perspective, known as positive youth development, provides a vital framework for considering young people's musical development and positive engagement in musical activities.

Keywords:   youth musical engagement, generativity, positive youth development, musical development

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