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date: 16 September 2019

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This chapter presents a critical review of current thinking on psychological approaches to musical identities, a subdiscipline of music psychology that has developed rapidly over the last decade. Musical identities are defined as being performative, constantly evolving and negotiated across a range of social contexts. The chapter presents an exploration of three broad topics: the development of musical identities, individual differences in musical identities, and musical identities in applied settings. Key psychological theorists who have influenced the development of music identities are discussed alongside a number of recent research studies. Musical identities are an important component of human musicality and, as the notion of what it means to be musical continues to broaden, it becomes critical to understand the how we construct and maintain our musical identities across all the musical contexts of our lives.

Keywords: identities, development, individual differences, musicality, musical identities

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