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Music and the MindEssays in honour of John Sloboda$
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Irène Deliège and Jane Davidson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199581566

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199581566.001.0001

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Musical participation: expectations, experiences, and outcomes

Musical participation: expectations, experiences, and outcomes

(p.65) Chapter 5 Musical participation: expectations, experiences, and outcomes
Music and the Mind

Jane W. Davidson

Oxford University Press

This chapter draws together important strands of work in my own research output and that of John Sloboda: ideas about musical skill, expertise, cultural belief, and social opportunity. It contends that many of us are fearful of musical participation in Western cultures because of a lack of exposure to these strong musical experiences. The experiences themselves fulfil psychological needs for competency, social relatedness, and personal autonomy, which can offer the sufficient and necessary conditions for positive experiences of wellbeing and health. The work relates to singing groups created for social opportunity and therapeutic benefit for maginalized members of society.

Keywords:   John Sloboda, music psychology, musical skills, expertise, cultural belief, social opportunity, cultural practices, music participation

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