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Musical Instrument Learning, Music Ensembles, and Musicianship in a Global and Digital Age

Michael Webb and Frederick A. Seddon

in The Oxford Handbook of Music Education, Volume 1

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199730810
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199730810.013.0045

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Musical Instrument Learning, Music Ensembles, and Musicianship in a Global and Digital Age

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This article, which focuses on aspects of learning to play a musical instrument, ensemble learning, and musicianship, begins by discussing approaches to musical instrument learning, with particular emphasis on digital settings and describing recent research on virtual learning. It then examines the new kinds of instrumental ensemble that now form part of world culture and discusses these in relation to their potential for music education. Next, the article briefly discusses the nexus of musical genre, pedagogy, and musicianship in relation to the pluralism that is a structuring feature of our global age. It proposes embracing the widening conceptions of musicianship made possible under conditions of pluralism, which can move us beyond the “classical/popular” binary thinking that has informed recent music education practice.

Keywords: musical instruments; instrumental learning; virtual learning; music education; instrumental ensemble; musicianship; pluralism

Article.  6667 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Music Education and Pedagogy

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