Learning cultures, creativities and higher music education institutions

Perkins, R. Learning cultures, creativities and higher music education institutions. In: Developing Creativities in Higher Music Education: International Perspectives and Practices. Routledge Research in Higher Education . Routledge, pp. 223-233. ISBN 9780415709941 (hardback) 9781138669819 (paperback) 9781315885223 (e-book)


It is increasingly recognized that musicians must embody multiple creativities in order to thrive in their professions, navigating a complex tapestry of musical fields (Burnard 2012). Higher music education institutions thus have a responsibility to foster and encourage wide and varied creativities among their students. To do so, however, can raise a tension between what Gregory (2005) refers to as long-held practices that ‘preserve musical tradition’ and newer practices that facilitate ‘centres of excellence for new ideas and approaches’ (p. 19). This chapter explores current practices, situating creativities as a cultural phenomenon constructed in and through the ‘learning cultures’ of higher music education sector institutions.

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