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The Child as MusicianA handbook of musical development$
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Gary E. McPherson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198744443

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198744443.001.0001

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Global practices

Global practices

(p.556) Chapter 30 Global practices
The Child as Musician

Patricia Shehan Campbell

Oxford University Press

This chapter embraces a wide spectrum of settings and circumstances in which children are engaged in the acquisition of musical repertoire, knowledge, and values. Within families and across communities, informal processes of enculturation and socialization are in operation in lieu of (or in tandem with) formal teaching and learning in schools, studios, and other institutional contexts. The growth of disciplinary attention to children’s learning and their perceived beliefs, interests, and needs is acknowledged, particularly with attention to the emergence of an “ethnomusicology of children” that considers children’s musical identities as the product of family, peer, and mediated forces. In brief excursions to a variety of geo-cultural contexts, music transmission and learning are described for the rich set of global practices that they are, with attention to their cross-cultural and culture-specific features.

Keywords:   enculturation, socialization, ethnomusicology, cross-cultural, musical identity, ethnomusicology of children

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