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ERIC Number: EJ949104
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 69
ISSN: ISSN-1461-3808
The Beat Goes On: Music Education, Identity and Lifelong Learning
Lamont, Alexandra
Music Education Research, v13 n4 p369-388 2011
To address the question of musical identity, the research the author mainly draws on takes the form of qualitative, in-depth interviews with people about how music fits into their everyday lives and musical biographies. In this the author adopts a largely biographical and social constructionist perspective, asking people to reflect on important experiences in their musical lives. Rather than presenting a series of discrete research studies, the author draws on a range of data gathered over the past 10 years with children and adults and presents a series of "biographemes" or scraps of biographical debris to illustrate this fashioning of identity. She dispels a number of myths concerning musical development. She challenges the view that musical development and continued involvement with music across the lifespan can or should be ascribed to talent, motivation or opportunity, and that the path of musical development needs to be continuous. In each case the author interweaves her own new data on lifelong learning and engagement with published research by herself and others. (Contains 2 figures and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (England)