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ERIC Number: EJ906263
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0265-0517
Getting "Capital" in the Music World: Musicians' Learning Experiences and Working Lives
Coulson, Susan
British Journal of Music Education, v27 n3 p255-270 Nov 2010
This paper discusses an exploration of the working lives of musicians working in a range of musical genres in the North East of England, revealing the factors that contribute to their ability to obtain a musical livelihood. These factors can be understood in terms of various forms of social, cultural and symbolic "capital" (Bourdieu, 1986), which musicians amass throughout their lives, from early childhood and family influences to starting out in the music world and beyond. The accrual of such "musical capital" is shown to be associated with the quality of musicians' learning experiences and the findings are offered as having potential relevance to music education policy and practice. It is concluded that a wider range of teaching methods, including the recognition of different types of music and ability, could encourage more young people to remain involved in music learning and give musicians clearer signposts for embarking on a career in music.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)