Motivating musical learning

Jane Davidson, Robert Faulkner, G. Mcpherson

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Music is an absorbing andstimulating activity. In the West,listening is the major form ofengagement, with the manycognitive and motor skillsassociated with musical instrumentplaying being achieved to a veryvaried standard, typically by only asmall proportion of the population.How does instrumental learning inthe Western context occur and whatshapes the degree of engagementand attainment?The discussion is informed bya 12-year biographical study of 160children traced from primarythrough to post-secondary schoolexperiences. The article suggeststhat more knowledge about socioemotionaland personal needs andforms of engagement arenecessary if we are to account forthe very varied nature of musicalengagement across Westernculture.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1026 - 1029
JournalThe psychologist
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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