This chapter considers the uses of music in everyday situations. Some recent ethnographic studies have examined the ways in which people use music as part of their everyday lives, and suggested how it is effective for them irrespective of its style or quality as judged by others. This chapter argues that Alfred Schütz's ideas concerning mutual ‘tuning-in’ and the synchronization of individuals' experience offer a strong theoretical foundation for further studies of how music ‘works’ for people. It is also clear, however, that such sociological investigations move a long way from the discipline of musicology and its established concerns.
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