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Local authority instrumental music tuition as a form of neo-liberal parental investment: findings from a deviant, idiographic case study

Purves, R; (2019) Local authority instrumental music tuition as a form of neo-liberal parental investment: findings from a deviant, idiographic case study. Power and Education 10.1177/1757743819845068. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Local authority music services have held a central place in the UK’s music education landscape since the end of the second world war. Nonetheless, the provision of these services has always been a non-statutory responsibility and local levels of opportunity have varied in response to prevailing economic and political climates, along with broader developments in educational policy. The first half of this paper focuses on the implications of two key policies enacted during the 1990s. Both were linked to perceived changes in the profiles of young people who engaged with music service tuition. The latter half presents an ecological study of practical implications of the second policy – the ‘Music Standards Fund’ - on primary-aged children’s take up of, and persistence with, the tuition in one English local authority. At both area and school levels, the children’s engagement cohered with various socio-economic and contextual factors. This coherence is considered from the perspectives of Connell’s ‘neo-liberal parent’ and related, Bourdieusian-influenced theories. The conclusion offers implications from the implementation of the policy in the contemporary era of ‘Music Education Hubs’, the successor organisations to local authority music services, and the schools these hubs serve.

Type: Article
Title: Local authority instrumental music tuition as a form of neo-liberal parental investment: findings from a deviant, idiographic case study
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1757743819845068
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/1757743819845068
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: music education, instrumental tuition, local authority music services, education policy, ecological study, neoliberal parenting, resource boosters, concerted cultivation
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10070275
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