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ERIC Number: EJ1084631
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1545-4517
Musicing, Materiality, and the Emotional Niche
Krueger, Joel
Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, v14 n3 p43-62 Nov 2015
Building on Elliot and Silverman's (2015) embodied and enactive approach to musicing, I argue for an extended approach: namely, the idea that music can function as an environmental scaffolding supporting the development of various experiences and embodied practices that would otherwise remain inaccessible. I focus especially on the materiality of music. I argue that one of the central ways we use music, as a material resource, is to manipulate social space--and in so doing, manipulate our emotions. Acts of musicing, thought of as processes of environmental space manipulation, are thus examples of what I term "emotional niche construction." I explore three dimensions of this process and appeal to different strands of empirical work to support this picture.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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