Learning across Generations

Stephanie E. Pitts

in Chances and Choices

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199838752
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950065 | DOI:
Learning across Generations

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This chapter focuses on the UK sample of 72 responses from individuals aged between 19 and 86 who are mainly involved in classical music. An overview of their changing experiences is given, in which the retrospective accounts are compared with the stated aims and practices of music education in the UK throughout the twentieth century, raising questions about the intended, delivered and received music curriculum across the decades. Changes in family and school attitudes are traced through the generations, with an increasing divergence and variety of experience identified as a challenge to contemporary music teachers. The overview of data provided in this chapter is used to introduce the themes of the rest of the book in more detail, relating to music in and out of school, music in the home, and music for lifelong learning and engagement.

Keywords: classical music; music education; music curriculum; family attitudes; school attitudes

Chapter.  8662 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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