Commentary: Ensembles

Jere T. Humphreys

in The Oxford Handbook of Music Education, Volume 1

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199730810
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Commentary: Ensembles

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This article, which provides a range of perspectives on the phenomenon of music education as it is practiced through the medium of performing music ensembles, describes, gives rationales, and provides alternative strategies and paradigms for the employment of music ensembles as a teaching medium. The entire enterprise should be examined periodically because the ensembles have been adapted from what were originally performing units with strong ties to the community; hence, their purposes and modes of operation have changed over time.

Keywords: music education; music ensembles; music teaching; musical performance

Article.  2208 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Music Education and Pedagogy

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