Storying the musical lifeworld: illumination through narrative case study

Cleaver, David M. (2009) Storying the musical lifeworld: illumination through narrative case study. In: Narrative inquiry in music education: troubling certainty. Springer, Dordrecht, Netherlands, pp. 35-56. ISBN 978-1-4020-9861-1


In addition to the exploration of the general, music education will continue to benefit from the study of personal meaning from the perspective of the particular. This idea aligns with the field of psychology where a strong case has been made for idiographic perspectives to act not only as support for but also as antidote to the prevalence of nomothetic viewpoints.
To support the case for the particular, this study takes the form of a narrative case study portrait of the musical lifeworld of Jan Peterson, a musically dedicated school student. Purposefully, the research has set out to illuminate the complexity, depth, and uniqueness of individual music meaning and the nature of a particular 'identity in music.' With implications for music education, many of the prime structures of personal meaning illuminated are those connected to music learning experiences and processes. The storied representation of individual musical lifeworld experience reveals how music may permeate life. Importantly, the study reinforces the case that music teachers should no longer simply teach a subject – but develop sensitivities to the nature of musical identity and musical life texts. The narrative portrait is accompanied by the theoretical and technical details that were considered when constructing a narrative case study portrait.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
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Additional Information: © 2009 Springer Netherlands. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 24 May 2010 12:11
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2016 00:56
Uncontrolled Keywords: arts-based educational research; music education; narrative inquiry; narrative research; teacher education
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390307 Teacher education and professional development of educators
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390101 Creative arts, media and communication curriculum and pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
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