ISSN: 17526299
First published in 2008
3 issues per volume
Volume 3 Issue 2
Cover Date: July 2010
Developing social capital: a role for music education and community music in fostering civic engagement and intercultural understanding
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DOI: 10.1386/ijcm.3.2.291_1

social skills,civic roles,intercultural understanding,civic engagement,music education,social capital,

This article posits that musicking can uniquely foster the development of social capital, which leads to civic engagement and intercultural understanding. I review pertinent literature and build a case that music educators and community musicians have a unique role to play in its development. I also reveal a weakness in the theoretical framework of social capital and in the music research literature, and I advocate for developing a richer theoretical framework that analyses both the development of social capital and the unique civic roles, social skills, habits and dispositions developed in various musical practices.
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