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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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A family dynamic

A family dynamic

(p.137) Chapter 8 A family dynamic
Music In Our Lives: Rethinking Musical Ability, Development, and Identity

Gary E. McPherson

Jane W. Davidson

Robert Faulkner

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers music in the life of a whole family at two time points in 1999 and 2009. The family in question is not obviously dominated by musical activity and no one in the family thought of themselves as a performer or even played a musical instrument at the time of researchers' last interview with them. Nevertheless, all members of this particular family display strong and interacting musical selves where beliefs, values, and activities have been developed that promote music as a part of everyday life. Their story illustrates that whilst musical engagement can be intermittent and vary from active participation to listening, it can still be highly significant in realizing an individual's identity, in family dynamics, and in everyday life, whatever the degree of engagement.

Keywords:   families, music, musical engagement, musical activity, family dynamics

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