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ERIC Number: EJ1159098
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Oct
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1545-4517
Misconceptions Underplay Western Ways of Musicking: A Hermeneutic Investigation
Ruddock, Eve E.
Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, v16 n2 p39-64 Oct 2017
This paper draws on a hermeneutic project to reflect on culturally developed notions that distance individuals from their intrinsic musicality. Participant experience offers insight into misconceptions of human musicality in Western communities where unrecognised cultural directives label musical beings as either musical or non-musical. Embedded in language, cultural influences restrict free musicking such that everyday practices inhibit the development of musical skills and dictate life-long inhibition. I argue that to ignore this phenomenon is to perpetuate an unnecessary and harmful reduction of human being.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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