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A Cultural Psychology of Music Education$
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Margaret S. Barrett

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199214389

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199214389.001.0001

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Culture, musicality, and musical expertise

Culture, musicality, and musical expertise

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(p.201) Chapter 9 Culture, musicality, and musical expertise
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A Cultural Psychology of Music Education
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Susan Hallam

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199214389.003.0009

This chapter focuses on the processes concerned with learning and the development of musical expertise which are common to all human beings but which develop differentially depending on the environment (cultural and ecological) within which individuals are located. It considers what we know about human learning, the way that the brain develops in response to the particular musical environments to which the individual is exposed, and how these changes are expressed as musical expertise develops. The evidence regarding the importance of long-term engagement with music for expertise to develop is considered and how beliefs about personal efficacy can influence commitment to active music-making. The chapter concludes with a consideration of the different cultural perceptions of ‘musicality’ and changing perceptions of it in Western culture.

Keywords:   music learning, musical expertise, musicality, environment, human learning

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