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date: 29 May 2020

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This article explores the musical cultures of young Indigenous and non-Indigenous children, their families, and communities in New South Wales, Australia, and Hawai‘i, USA. It presents the stories of four children, which illustrate children’s musical practices in four geographically disparate locales, and serve as examples of the musical borders that are regularly traversed in early childhood. These children engaged with the music surrounding them and appear to be on the path to enculturation into the knowledge, practices, and beliefs that were bound by these. They acquired the knowledge of norms and expectations of existing musical cultures through experiences in the home, school, community, and commercial music.

Keywords: musical culture, indigenous, children, non-indigenous, New South Wales, Hawaii, music making

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