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Secondary school students' views on musical competence inside, and outside, school
Örebro University, School of Music, Theatre and Art.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6163-0928
2011 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This study investigates the tension between normalizing discourses and the personal use of music in teenagers’ identity formation. The point of departure is a doctoral thesis in progress about music’s social and personal meanings, where the methods used are focus groups and in-depth interviews conducted with 15 Swedish teenagers (14-15 years old). The focus of this paper is on teenagers’ views of their own and others’ musical competence. I take a broad view on music education, which includes both formal and informal learning. Public instances like the school as well as the TV show Swedish Idol  have a clear normalizing effect on how the teenagers perceive musical competence. Both the jury in the TV show and music teachers are regarded as authorities, but in different ways. The members of the jury are referred to as “those who know”. Watching the show, the teenagers themselves are allied with the experts. When it comes to music education in school, it is described as being concerned with teaching “what they think we need to learn”, but the teenagers often don’t see how the musical skills can be useful in real life. In a way, this creates distance and insecurity. However, the teenagers’ descriptions of their personal use of music and media reveal quite a lot of self-confidence and empowerment. One preliminary result is that the teenagers’ talk about their own music is characterized by familiarity skills and know-how. At the same time, when it comes to music within the school context, the focus tends to be on a perceived shortage, or lack, of capacity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011.
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Musicology
Research subject
Musicology; Musicology esp. Musical Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-17298OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-17298DiVA, id: diva2:442360
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The 7th International Conference for Research in Music Education. Graduate School of Education, University of Exeter in association with the National Association of Music Educators. 12–16 April 2011
Available from: 2011-09-21 Created: 2011-09-21 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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