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Music In Our Lives: Rethinking Musical Ability, Development, and Identity

Gary E. McPherson, Jane W. Davidson, and Robert Faulkner


Why do some children take up music, while others don't? Why do some excel, whilst others give up? Why do some children favour classical music, whilst others prefer rock? These are questions that have puzzled music educators, psychologists, and musicologists for many years. Yet, they are incredibly difficult and complex questions to answer. This book takes an innovative approach to trying to answer these questions. It is drawn from a research project that spanned fourteen years, and closely followed the lives of over 150 children learning music — from their seventh to their twenty second birthd ... More

Keywords: children, music, classical music, learning music, musical skill, musical ability, musical development, musical education

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199579297
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579297.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gary E. McPherson, author
Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne, Australia

Jane W. Davidson, author
Callaway/Tunley Chair, School of Music; and Deputy Director of ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of the Emotions, University of Western Australia, Australia

Robert Faulkner, author
Associate Professor in School of Music and Faculty of Education, University of Western Australia, Australia