Frames of reference and the origins of the study

Gary E. McPherson, Jane W. Davidson and Robert Faulkner

in Music In Our Lives: Rethinking Musical Ability, Development, and Identity

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199579297
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738463 | DOI:
Frames of reference and the origins of the study

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This chapter first sets out the purpose of the book, which is to investigate the gamut of achievements of the Western music learner from continuous to sporadic, from persisting to quitting. It then discusses popular views of musical abilities in Western contexts; and reconciles specialization, amateuring, and music in everyday life. The discussion then presents a background of the current study.

Keywords: western music; music students; musical abilities

Chapter.  8863 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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