Storying the musical lifeworld: illumination through narrative case study

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Cleaver, David M.. 2009. "Storying the musical lifeworld: illumination through narrative case study." Barrett, Margaret and Stauffer, Sandra L. (ed.) Narrative inquiry in music education: troubling certainty. Netherlands. Springer. pp. 35-56
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Storying the musical lifeworld: illumination through narrative case study

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID3337
Book TitleNarrative inquiry in music education: troubling certainty
Authors
AuthorCleaver, David M.
EditorsBarrett, Margaret and Stauffer, Sandra L.
Page Range35-56
Chapter Number5
Number of Pages22
Year2009
PublisherSpringer
Place of PublicationNetherlands
ISBN9781402098611
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-9862-8_5
Web Address (URL)https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-1-4020-9862-8_5
Abstract

In addition to the exploration of the general, music education will continue to benefit from the study of personal meaning from the perspective of the particular. This idea aligns with the field of psychology where a strong case has been made for idiographic perspectives to act not only as support for but also as antidote to the prevalence of nomothetic viewpoints.

To support the case for the particular, this study takes the form of a narrative case study portrait of the musical lifeworld of Jan Peterson, a musically dedicated school student. Purposefully, the research has set out to illuminate the complexity, depth, and uniqueness of individual music meaning and the nature of a particular 'identity in music.' With implications for music education, many of the prime structures of personal meaning illuminated are those connected to music learning experiences and processes. The storied representation of individual musical lifeworld experience reveals how music may permeate life. Importantly, the study reinforces the case that music teachers should no longer simply teach a subject – but develop sensitivities to the nature of musical identity and musical life texts. The narrative portrait is accompanied by the theoretical and technical details that were considered when constructing a narrative case study portrait.

Keywordsarts-based educational research; music education; narrative inquiry; narrative research; teacher education
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390307. Teacher education and professional development of educators
390101. Creative arts, media and communication curriculum and pedagogy
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