Multiple Worlds of Childhood: Culture and the Classroom

Chee-Hoo Lum and Kathryn Marsh

in The Oxford Handbook of Music Education, Volume 1

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199730810
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Multiple Worlds of Childhood: Culture and the Classroom

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This article investigates the multifaceted worlds of children's musical experience. Reflecting on cultures of childhood, cultural transmission, and cultural renewal, it examines the major changes to children's musical worlds brought about by globalization, migration, and the media. The increasing cultural diversity of these worlds—both real and virtual—provides challenges for teachers working within schools, but also promising prospects of renewed pedagogical practices and resources, particularly those provided by school communities and by the new media, with which children are remarkably adept. Connectedness between schools, communities, and children's own ways of knowing and interrelating with their worlds benefits all participants in this process of mutual exchange.

Keywords: children; musical experiences; cultural transmission; cultural renewal; globalization; migration; media

Article.  7209 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Music Education and Pedagogy

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