1st Edition

Teenage Boys, Musical Identities, and Music Education An Australian Narrative Inquiry

By Jason Goopy Copyright 2024
    252 Pages 36 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Music is a powerful process and resource that can shape and support who we are and wish to be. The interaction between musical identities and learning music highlights school music education’s potential contributions and responsibilities, especially in supporting young people’s mental health and well-being. Through the distinctive stories and drawings of Aaron, Blake, Conor, Elijah, Michael, and Tyler, this book reveals the musical identities of teenage boys in their final year of study at an Australian boys’ school.

    This text serves as an interface between music, education, and psychology using narrative inquiry. Previous research in music education often seeks to generalise boys, whereas this study recognises and celebrates the diverse individual voices of students where music plays a significant role in their lives. Adolescent boys’ musical identities are examined using the theories of identity work and possible selves, and their underlying music values and uses are considered important guiding principles and motivating goals in their identity construction. A teaching and learning framework to shape and support multiple musical identities in senior secondary class music is presented.

    The relatable and personal stories in this book will appeal to a broad readership, including music teachers, teacher educators, researchers, and readers interested in the role of music in our lives. Creative and arts-based research methods, including narrative inquiry and innovative draw and tell interviews, will be particularly relevant for research method courses and postgraduate research students.

    Prelude 1. Introduction Part I: Setting the scene 2. Musical identities 3.Music values and uses 4. Australian school class music education Part II: Boys’ stories 5. Aaron: “I have found a passion in music and that’s really what I want to do” 6. Blake: “Chasing your dreams” 7. Conor: “As long as I’m doing music, I’ll be fine” 8. Elijah: “Musical men” 9. Michael: “Hearing the little things” 10. Tyler: “It’s been a really nice way of getting to know each other” Part III: Revelations from boys’ stories 11.Teenage boys’ music values and uses 12.Teenage boys’ musical identities 13  Shaping and supporting multiple musical identities in senior secondary class music: A teaching and learning framework. Epilogue



    Jason Goopy is a recognised teacher, scholar, and leader in music education. His research aims to uncover how music education can positively transform lives by examining the nexus between music, education, and psychology using arts-based and mixed-methods. He draws upon 15 years of leading arts programs and teaching music in Australian combined primary and secondary schools. Jason completed the Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Queensland and received the Australian Society for Music Education Callaway Doctoral Award. He is currently Lecturer and Coordinator of Secondary and Instrumental Music Education at Edith Cowan University, Australia.