Home Music Engagement Among Families of Culturally Closed Communities

Idit Sulkin, Warren Brodsky

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No study thus far has investigated music engagement in the home among sectors of society, that because of cultural and/or ethno-religious characteristics, have a drastically different lifestyle and home environment than typically ordinary conventional local residents, who represent the more hegemonic popular Western liberal-minded secular culture. The current study recruited 96 families belonging to one of two subgroups: Modern-Orthodox (n = 49) or Ultra-Orthodox (n = 47) Jews in Israel. They completed the Children's Music Behavior Inventory (CMBI). The findings show no differences between the overall Orthodox sample to a matched sample of the general population. However, when comparing between the two subgroups significant differences surfaced concerning parent-initiated music activities in the home environment. The study demonstrates that even among families who do not fit into the mainstream of society, music is a crucial part of family life embedded in the home, and that music engagement is an essential component within parent–child relationships.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1871-1885
Number of pages15
JournalEarly Child Development and Care
Issue number12
StatePublished - 22 Feb 2022


  • CMBI
  • Music engagement in home
  • Orthodox Jews
  • parental music activity
  • religious families

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Pediatrics


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