Music, middle childhood and agency: The value of an interactional-relational approach

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This article considers the implications of children’s out-of-school musical experiences and activities for conceptualisations of child agency. In particular, it engages with differing approaches to relational agency and considers their value for understanding music-related practice during middle childhood. Accounts from children (n = 111) living in three parts of England are explored, and the subsequent analysis provides the basis for proposing the potential of an interactional–relational approach for approaching questions about children’s agency within such domains of practice and beyond.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)559-573
Number of pages15
JournalChildhood: A Global Journal of Child Research
Issue number4
Early online date8 Jun 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2017


  • Agency
  • relational
  • interaction
  • agency
  • music
  • middle childhood
  • domestic

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