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date: 22 November 2019

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Making music is largely a serious leisure activity, and as with all serious leisure it takes place in a set of physical spaces, each with its own special meaning for the participant. That meaning has roots in the core activities conducted there. Stebbins has identified and explored seven types of spaces for serious leisure, six of which pertain to making serious music. They are conquered space, showcase space, resource space, sales space, helping space, virtual space, and tourist space. Each is discussed in detail sufficient to show how it can help explain the lifestyle of the modern amateur and professional musician. The main types of today’s musician are included in this analysis: jazz, rock, folk, and classical. Furthermore, the analysis proceeds from the core activities comprising the musical life, as these unfold in the different places where that life occurs.

Keywords: leisure, space, place, lifestyle, making music, leisure activities, serious leisure perspective

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