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date: 29 May 2020

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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.

Keywords: musical, child, musical experience, habitus

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