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ERIC Number: EJ1141807
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0190-4922
On Practice, Skill and Competition: A Pragmatist Theory of Action for Instrumental Music Education
Tan, Leonard
Contributions to Music Education, v42 p17-34 2017
Practice, skill and competition are important aspects of participating in school bands and orchestras. However, writers have questioned their value. In this philosophical paper, I mine the writings of the American pragmatists--in particular, their theories of habit and experience--to construct a theory of action for instrumental music education, that is, a proposed framework of active musical doing in large instrumental ensembles. It comprises two facets: effortful practice and effortless performance, and serves as lenses to address issues with respect to practice, skill and competition in instrumental music. Central to this paper is the thesis that the active doing of music in bands and orchestras enables students to encounter the aesthetic peak experience.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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