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Music and the MindEssays in honour of John Sloboda$
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Irène Deliège and Jane Davidson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199581566

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199581566.001.0001

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Negotiating music in the real world: development, motivation, process, and effect

Negotiating music in the real world: development, motivation, process, and effect

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(p.47) Chapter 4 Negotiating music in the real world: development, motivation, process, and effect
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Music and the Mind
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Alexandra Lamont

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199581566.003.0004

This chapter explores how people learn to negotiate their use of music in everyday settings. I draw on theory and research within the social approach to music psychology, which argues that music listening is active, social, and critical. I explore the developmental processes involved in responding to music and learning to make musical choices, and consider how this changes across the lifespan. I review a range of recent research studies addressing three key questions. First, how do people learn to negotiate their music uses in the real world, and how is this process shaped by others? Second, is the music itself important? This highlights an ongoing tension in music psychology between an emphasis on the music or the listener. Third, just how important is the element of choice? I review a complex set of findings which address these questions and illustrate the considerable challenges that research in everyday settings presents. Throughout I include the effects that musical engagement can have on many areas of life: musical, personal, cognitive, and social.

Keywords:   music psychology, musical engagement, lifespan, music response, music listening

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