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Abstract

The purpose of this qualitative case study was to investigate what students in one high school guitar course perceived as meaningful about their participation. Over the course of six months, I observed classes and conducted a series of in-depth, semi-structured interviews with five guitar students at a high school in Winnipeg, Canada. What they perceived as meaningful was multifaceted and related to fundamental human concerns. The guitarists valued opportunities to achieve, to make choices, to belong, to express themselves, and to play music that they loved. This study contributes student perspectives sorely needed in ongoing conversations concerning the meaning of music education in students’ lives.

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