An Investigation into Native Musical Culture in the Home Environment of Families Living Abroad

July 1, 2006 / By: Daniel P. Bosshardt

The problem of this study was to examine native musical culture as it exists in the homes of families living abroad. The following sub-questions were examined:

  1. Are families who are moving abroad encouraged to reflect on their cultural heritage and its artifacts, including music, prior to moving overseas?
  2. Do families make conscious choices regarding music's role in the continuation of their native culture?
  3. In what forms does native musical culture currently exist in the homes of families living abroad?
  4. What are the current parental attitudes towards incorporating music into the process of enculturation when raising children overseas?