Aesthetic Response

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This chapter examines the ways in which 'aesthetic response' has been described and used within the philosophy, psychology, and sociology of music education, and examines relevant research that has sought to identify the nature and developmental trajectory in children's musical engagement within and across these fields. In so doing, it explores a view of aesthetic response as 'performative' and constitutive of identity, and considers the implications of this view for theories of children's musical development.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Child as Musician
Subtitle of host publicationA Handbook of Musical Development
PublisherOxford University Press, USA
ISBN (Electronic)9780191689765
ISBN (Print)0198530323, 9780198530329
Publication statusPublished - 22 Mar 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Aesthetic identity
  • Aesthetic response
  • Aesthetics
  • Musical development

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