Initial music learning and practice

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:
Initial music learning and practice

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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

Chapter.  13175 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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