Opportunities and Outcomes in Lifelong Musical Engagement

Stephanie E. Pitts

in Chances and Choices

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199838752
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950065 | DOI:
Opportunities and Outcomes in Lifelong Musical Engagement

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Here the life history respondents’ musical experiences as adults are the starting point for an analysis of their varied routes into lifelong musical engagement. The perspectives of teachers, performers, adult learners and concert-goers are considered, although a search for trends in their experiences reveals only the idiosyncrasy of musical chances and choices. The case is made for greater recognition of the rich layer of music-making which lies outside the professional sphere, with music in worship, community settings and private homes providing examples of fulfilling musical lives.

Keywords: lifelong engagement; adult learners; performers; teachers; listeners; music in worship

Chapter.  12825 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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