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ERIC Number: EJ846846
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7356
Instrumental Students' Strategies for Finding Interpretations: Complexity and Individual Variety
Hultberg, Cecilia
Psychology of Music, v36 n1 p7-23 2008
In this article, a qualitative, collaborative study on two students' preparation of public performances of guitar duos is presented. A cultural-psychological perspective was used, and data were collected in natural settings. Participants' processes of finding interpretations are characterized by complex strategies, based on individual familiarity with conventions of expressions. Participants negotiate with each other, the composer and the tradition. Individually diverging initial strategies are identified. Mainly tradition-based learning is related to "preferences for playing continuously" in order to grasp the main character of the music, and solving problems when these turn up. Mainly "western" learning is related to "preferences for reading the printed score" to get an overview of musical structure and character, and solving technical problems before starting to play continuously. From a long-term perspective, awareness of individually diverging preferences helps participants develop their own strategies, recognize pupils' strategies and preferences, and adapt their teaching to these. (Contains 2 figures and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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