Structure and agency in university-level recreational music making

Roger Allan Mantie

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The purposes of this study were to investigate the musical backgrounds, self-expressed reasons for participation and possible implications for music education of collegiate recreational music makers (N=19) and their practices as they exist in two contrasting modes of musical engagement on the campus of a large urban research university: authority-led and student-led. Utilising the work of Pierre Bourdieu together with theories of leisure and participation I examine (1) relations of class as they exist in on-campus recreational ensembles and (2) reflexivity related to self-expressed reasons for participation. Analysis suggests that authority-led and student-led distinctions do not adequately account for recreational practices, and that recreational music makers are largely unaware that they share similar privileged backgrounds. Implications for music education are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-58
Number of pages20
JournalMusic Education Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Bourdieu
  • habitus
  • leisure
  • lifelong participation
  • music making
  • recreation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Music


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