Investigating the Impact of Music Education

Stephanie E. Pitts

in Chances and Choices

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199838752
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950065 | DOI:
Investigating the Impact of Music Education

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This chapter introduces the aims and methods of the book, outlining the rationale for using life history accounts to investigate the long-term impact of formative musical influences. Existing literature on musical learning and the lifespan is reviewed, showing that while the life stories of professional musicians have been studied in some detail, relatively little has been written about the lifelong development of those who engage in music as amateurs or keen listeners—an area with potential to inform and illuminate musical education in all its forms. The chapter sets the study in an international context, and introduces the 134 respondents from the UK and Italy whose life histories feature in the analysis and discussion presented in subsequent chapters.

Keywords: life history; formative musical influences; lifelong development; musical learning

Chapter.  8918 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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