The Sociology and Policy of Ensembles

John W. Richmond

in The Oxford Handbook of Music Education, Volume 1

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 The Sociology and Policy of Ensembles

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This article discusses music ensembles from two complementary perspectives—sociology and policy—within the context of music education. It begins with a discussion of the reciprocal influences of individuals on groups and of groups on individuals—the sociological perspectives of the music ensemble experience—with particular focus on questions of identity formation and meaning in music ensemble settings. The article also examines policy formation and evolution as they pertain to ensembles. While many of the policy questions that follow relate to the United States, attempts are made to draw connections to international contexts wherever possible. Particular attention is given to matters of equality of opportunity, tort liability, and copyright compliance.

Keywords: music ensembles; music education; identity formation; policy formation; equal opportunity; tort liability; copyright

Article.  7381 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Music Education and Pedagogy

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