A family dynamic

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:
A family dynamic

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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

Chapter.  10825 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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