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date: 19 April 2021

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This article begins with the author's recollections of his childhood years playing the cornet, leading up to his first time conducting a band in high school. He then discusses the how music is tied to self-identification. He calls for studies on why people learn to play musical instruments, including the sociological issues concerning status and the psychological issues relating to self-concept and personal motivation.

Keywords: music education, personal identification, music teachers, music research, self-concept

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