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Music In Our Lives: Rethinking Musical Ability, Development, and Identity$
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Gary E. McPherson, Jane W. Davidson, and Robert Faulkner

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199579297

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579297.001.0001

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Initial music learning and practice

Initial music learning and practice

(p.19) Chapter 2 Initial music learning and practice
Music In Our Lives: Rethinking Musical Ability, Development, and Identity

Gary E. McPherson

Jane W. Davidson

Robert Faulkner

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces the cohort of students whose musical lives were traced from the age of seven until their early twenties. It begins in 1997 at the outset of the project, when researchers first came into contact with young learners through their primary school instrumental programme. The researchers' first encounter with the students and their parents happened via interviews several weeks before the students began the instrumental programmes. They recruited from eight primary schools in the metropolitan area of Sydney. Following these interviews, a set of protocols outlined in Chapter 1 was established to provide as comprehensive a view as possible of subsequent musical development and of past musical experiences.

Keywords:   cohort, primary schools, school instrumental programme, musical development, musical experiences

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