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- Giving Voice to Children
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- Youth Music at the Yakama Nation Tribal School
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- Venda Children’s Musical Culture in Limpopo, South Africa
- Songs of Japanese Schoolchildren during World War II
- Girlhood Songs, Musical Tales, and Musical Games as Strategies for Socialization into Womanhood among the Baganda of Uganda
- Musical Cultures of Girls in the Brazilian Amazon
- The Musical Socialization of Children and Adolescents in Brazil in Their Everyday Lives
- Georgian (Caucasus) Children’s Polyphonic Conception of Music
- Integration in Mexican Children’s Musical Worlds
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- Miskitu Children’s Singing Games on the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua as Intercultural Play and Performance
- Education and Evangelism in a Sierra Leonean Village
- Children’s Urban and Rural Musical Worlds in North India
- Enjoyment and Socialization in Gambian Children’s Music Making
- Children’s Musical Engagement with Trinidad’s Carnival Music
- Musical Childhoods across Three Generations, from Puerto Rico to the USA
- The Musical Worlds of Aboriginal Children at Burrulula and Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia
- Reflexive and Reflective Perspectives of Musical Childhoods in Singapore
- The Musical Culture of African American Children in Tennessee
- Children’s and Adolescents’ Musical Needs and Music Education in Germany
- The Interweaving Threads of Music in the Whariki of Early Childhood Cultures in Aotearoa/New Zealand
- Balancing Change and Tradition in the Musical Lives of Children in Hong Kong
- Tradition and Change in the Musical Culture of South Korean Children
- Perspectives on the School Band from Hardcore American Band Kids
- The Nature of Music Nurturing in Japanese Preschools
- The Complex Ecologies of Early Childhood Musical Cultures
- The Role of Context and Experience among the Children of the Church of God and Saints of Christ, Cleveland, Ohio
- Music in the Lives of Refugee and Newly Arrived Immigrant Children in Sydney, Australia
- Enculturational Discontinuities in the Musical Experience of the Wagogo Children of Central Tanzania
- Tinkering and Tethering in the Material Culture of Children’s MP3 Players
- Economics, Class, and Musical Apprenticeship in South Asia’s Brass Band Communities
- Constructions and Negotiations of Identity in Children’s Music in Canada
- A Historical Look at Three Recordings of Children’s Musicking in New York City
- Whose Songs in Their Heads?
Abstract and Keywords
This article explores the musical world of children in Singapore. It draws upon on a series of interviews with and observations of Clara, a seven-year-old musical child, juxtaposed with the childhood experiences of one of the authors of this article and his pathways as ethnographer and auto-ethnographer. The childhoods of both Clara and the author are inextricably woven into practice, first, through the Euro-American art-music tradition in Singapore; and second, the dispositions and processes emergent in their pathways. Their lived and living realities are examined through the writings of Pierre Bourdieu, particularly a central mechanism in his understanding of practice, habitus.
Eugene Dairianathan is head of the Visual and Performing Arts academic group at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His publications focus on interdisciplinary perspectives on music.
Chee-Hoo Lum completed his doctorate in music education at the University of Washington under the overseas graduate scholarship from NTU-NIE and had previously been awarded the Lee Kuan Yew and the Association of Nanyang University Graduates gold medals. He is currently assistant professor of music education at the National Institute of Education, Singapore. His research interests in music education focus primarily on children's musical cultures and their shifting musical identities; the use of media and technology by children, in families, and in pedagogy; creativity and improvisation in children's music; elementary music methods and world musics in education. He is the director of the UNESCO-NIE Centre for arts research in education, part of a region-wide network of observatories stemming from the UNESCO Asia-Pacific action plan. He is also the associate editor of the International Journal of Education and the Arts.
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