The teaching of performance

Loges, N. and Lawson, C. (2012) The teaching of performance. In: The Cambridge History of Musical Performance. The Cambridge History of Music . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 135-168. ISBN 9780521896115 (hardback) 9781316183229 (e-book)


This chapter provides a discussion on a variety of didactic practices, focusing largely on musical learning within institutions. An appropriate curriculum for performers beyond the immediate study of music has been promulgated in many different contexts, one eighteenth century source prescribing for music students 'the whole of worldly wisdom, as well as mathematics, poetry, rhetoric and many languages'. Within the broad study of music, theory and analysis have gradually been supplemented by a host of other performance-related subjects, such as acoustics, performance practice, psychology and world music. In addition, the increasing interaction of performers with their communities has brought into focus the benefits of music to disadvantaged members of society. For musical training, mobility is of great importance; the possibility of moving relatively freely between institutions within a 'European Higher Education Area' is an attractive one for musicians, for whom networking and mobility are central to training.

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