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Musical Childhoods and the Cultures of Youth
Susan Boynton, ed.; Roe-Min Kok, ed.


2006 • 272 pp. 17 illus. 6 x 9"

$24.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-6803-8
$75.00 Hardcover, 978-0-8195-6802-1

(Hardcover is un-jacketed.
Cover illustration is for paperback edition only)

Essays explore music’s roles in the lives of children

Musical Childhoods and the Cultures of Youth is an immensely rich contribution to childhood studies and shows how children are socialized into the musical life of their communities. Children have rarely been central to musicological or anthropological studies, and childhood was once dismissed as too early in the human developmental process to be of significant interest. In a variety of historical, social, and cultural frameworks, these 10 essays address subjects as diverse as choirboys in early modern Seville, the griot culture of West Africa, and Jewish youth at summer camp. The essays reveal childhood as a time all its own, a time when individual identities are forged through music, and when voices emerge in ways that are as personal as they are communally bound and musically varied. This is an important book for music scholars, educators, cultural and social historians, and for scholars across the social sciences, as well as anyone interested in childhood. It sheds new light on children and youth cultures as alternately dependent upon and independent from the “grown-up” musical worlds that surround them.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“From medieval monasteries to post-colonial Malaysia, this ground-breaking volume explores musical engagement during childhood, incorporating a stimulating range of sources, methodologies, and theories. It is a lively and engaging contribution to musical scholarship.” —Kay Kaufman Shelemay, G. Gordon Watts Professor of Music, Harvard University

“An intriguing collection on an unusual topic, which will appeal to readers in many fields. The essays tell fascinating stories about a wide variety of musical childhoods, with grace and theoretical sophistication.”—Ruth Solie, Professor of Music, Smith College

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Susan Boynton is an assistant professor of music at Columbia University. Roe-Min Kok is an assistant professor of music at McGill University.

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