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ERIC Number: EJ861921
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0255-7614
"I'll Sing with My Buddies"--Fostering the Possible Selves of Male Choral Singers
Freer, Patrick K.
International Journal of Music Education, v27 n4 p341-355 2009
The stories of three high school boys about their experiences in school-based choral music provide the framework for a discussion of the role music educators can play in retaining male singers. The "possible selves" construct (Markus & Nurius, 1986) is explored alongside research-based implications about specific steps toward developing boys' identities as choral musicians. Possible selves are future conceptions of the self that are either positive (hoped-for) or negative (feared). The changing of the adolescent male voice occurs at approximately the same time as major social, academic, and other physical changes. It is thought that these issues coincide in a manner that discourages boys from participation in choral music (Freer, 2007). Drawing upon a successful non-musical model, the author proposes a variant of the "Possible Selves Program" (Hock, Deshler, & Schumaker, 2006) for use in music settings. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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