ERIC Number: EJ1051647
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Feb
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Reference Count: 27
Preparing Stylistically Challenging Contemporary Classical Repertoire for Performance: Interpreting "Kumari"
Viney, Liam; Blom, Diana
International Journal of Music Education, v33 n1 p66-79 Feb 2015
Research involving the learning processes of musicians seldom examines specific pieces of music, and limited attention has been devoted to the earliest stages of learning a stylistically challenging or new piece of 20th-/21st-century art music. This article describes the processes by which two pianists (the authors) learned Ross Edwards's "Kumari", for solo piano. In doing so, it outlines five "elements" in a model for understanding or replicating that process. A key finding is the concept that some modern repertoire may require a preparation stage that occurs earlier than learning stages documented in the literature, one that establishes an "interpretation platform" for learning music in an unfamiliar style. This article offers a guide to pianists learning or teaching "Kumari", other works by Edwards, and other stylistically challenging contemporary piano music. More broadly, it may serve as a model for any individual engaged with less familiar repertoire, and may, therefore, be of benefit to music educators working with students in challenging repertoire for solo instruments, ensembles or choirs.
Descriptors: Learning Processes, Learning Strategies, Music Activities, Music Education, Music Theory, Models, Learning Experience, Best Practices, Change Strategies, Educational Practices
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