Lily and Bryan: exits and entrances in musical lives

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:
Lily and Bryan: exits and entrances in musical lives

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This chapter examines how the detail of social, biological, and psychological experience — personal relationships, institutional and domestic beliefs and practices, personal appropriations of music's communicative potential, music's place in personal and social identity, and the strategies that are adopted to cope with investment demands — pushes people away from musical engagement as well as pulling them towards it. It focuses on the experiences of two young musicians, whose musical journeys were deprived of empowering syzygies.

Keywords: musical engagement; musical development; young musicians

Chapter.  11147 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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