1st Edition

Meanings of Music Participation Scenarios from the United States

Edited By C. Victor Fung, Lisa J. Lehmberg Copyright 2023
    266 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book uncovers the multifaceted nature of music participation through a collection of studies in a wide variety of musical contexts across the United States. The contributors combine personal voices and vivid narratives with scholarship to present many potential meanings of music participation, and lay out research-based implications for lifelong music education. Exploring music participation in choral and instrumental ensembles; school music classes and community groups; in-person and virtual spaces; among children, young adults, and older adults; and for native-born citizens and immigrants, the 10 original studies in this volume present a diverse portrait of musical engagement. The chapters draw out themes including enjoyment, identity development, learner autonomy, social interaction, motivation, commitment, and quality of life, and draw connections between musical meanings and philosophical principles from both Western and Eastern traditions.

    Linked by interludes that connect the empirical studies with philosophical interpretations, this volume brings together multiple methodologies and perspectives to consider the social, cultural, and psychological meanings of lifelong music participation. It offers a valuable resource for scholars, professionals, and students working in school and community music or music education research, as well as readers interested in general education, social psychology, lifelong learning, and aging studies.

    Series Foreword

    List of Contributors


    C. Victor Fung, Patrick K. Cooper and Lisa J. Lehmberg

    1. Space for Music Participations

    C. Victor Fung, Patrick K. Cooper, and Lisa J. Lehmberg

    Part 1: Early Schooling Years

    Interlude 1

    2. Discovering the Meanings of Music to Preschoolers and Kindergarteners in Music Class

    Lily Chen-Hafteck and Kate M. Bacich

    3. Exploring Meaning to Increase Engagement in a Fifth Grade General Music Class

    Kim Mieder

    Interlude 2

    Part 2: Adolescent Years

    4. Meanings of a Secondary General Music Keyboard Class for Middle School Students

    Elizabeth Bucura

    5. High School Choral Experience and Its Transfer Into Emerging Adulthood

    Morgan Jolley

    Interlude 3

    6. Foregoing High School Music Class to Discover Meaning in Music Making

    James "SoSoon" Gantt

    Interlude 4

    Part 3: Adult Years

    7. A Motivational Model of College Music Ensemble Participation for Non-Music Majors

    Hyesoo Yoo

    8. Divergent Paths: Connecting Musicking, Meaning, and Occupational Identity in Music Teachers

    Patrick K. Cooper

    9. Real Voices, Virtual Ensemble: The Meaning of Participation in Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choirs

    Stephen A. Paparo

    Interlude 5

    10. Transformative Learning through Music Participation in a Dance Group Founded by Chinese Immigrants

    Danxu Ma

    11. Participatory Music Making and Quality of Life of Older Adults

    Lisa J. Lehmberg

    Interlude 6

    12. Meanings in the Making: Lifelong Implications

    C. Victor Fung and Lisa J. Lehmberg




    C. Victor Fung is Professor of Music Education and Director of the Center for Music Education Research at the University of South Florida. His books include Music for Life: Music Participation and Quality of Life of Senior Citizens (2016, co-authored with Lisa J. Lehmberg) and A Way of Music Education: Classic Chinese Wisdoms (2018). He was a Fulbright Researcher in Japan (2018) and served as a board member for the College Music Society, Florida Music Education Association, and International Society for Music Education.

    Lisa J. Lehmberg is Professor of Music Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and has extensive experience as a PreK-12 school music specialist. She serves on the International Society for Music Education Publications Committee and the editorial board of the Journal of the Association for Technology in Music Instruction. Most recently, she co-authored (with C. Victor Fung) the book Music for Life: Music Participation and Quality of Life of Senior Citizens (2016).