Liam Maloy

My PhD focuses on children’s music, specifically records made for children. I’m interested in the cultural construction of childhood through music - what those records say about children, but more importantly, what the adults who made those records are communicating to children about how they view children and childhood.

Through a number of case studies I explore issues such as views of childhood innocence and its protection, adult nostalgia, and fears about the ‘up-aging’ or even disappearance of childhood. They include studies on the folk music of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger; Music Hall; the music of The Muppet Show and Bagpuss, and BBC radio’s Children’s Choice; and tween music, specifically Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus.