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date: 19 May 2019

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This article explores the musical experiences of children in South Korea. It describes Korean social settings and educational priorities, the scope of children’s daily lives, and their musical involvements and environments. South Korea children have access to various music styles, and are exposed to rich musical environments in their developmental years. Music is a mandatory subject in South Korean schools, and parents support children’s music learning in their early years of schooling. However, by adolescence the attention to music wanes as families shift their attention to children’s studies to prepare them for successful college entrance examinations. Children find music in various places, be it at home, in shopping centers and public spaces, or community venues, and technologies are critical to their listening pleasure.

Keywords: musical experience, musical training, musical involvement, Korean, children

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