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Communities of practice : learning in progressive ensembles

Cox, Graham (2003) Communities of practice : learning in progressive ensembles. Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.

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    This study examines the learning of ensemble skills by young musicians in
    progressive ensembles. Data collection took place in three music centres which form
    part of an LEA music service's ensemble provision. This study uniquely approaches
    ensembles as'socio-musical' phenomena. It finds description and explanation in the
    constantly changing and developing socio-musical interactions that form ensembles.
    Using an ethnographic approach it examines the practice of ensembles that are part
    of musical learning pyramids, through the eyes and actions of the ensemble
    members. There is an examination of ensemble membership and the social
    structures and interactions that form ensembles.

    This study explores, and for the first time identifies, a set of ensemble specific skills.
    These are the skills that a musician uses to negotiate, integrate and cooperate with
    other participants in the production of ensemble performance. It goes on to examine
    how ensemble specific skills are acquired and suggests that the learning process is
    one of serial performative responsibility transfer created within stratified centripetal
    progression. New, or novice, members of an ensemble start by participating at a
    peripheral level leaving it to others to take performative responsibility for the
    production of a negotiated collaborative realization of the musical intentions of the

    This study has been influenced by the work of Lave and Wenger and social theories
    of learning. However, it departs from these theories by suggesting that the learning
    process within an ensemble is responsibility led and stratified.

    Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
    Additional Information: EThOS Persistent ID
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Music education, Literature, Mass media, Performing arts, Education, Sociology, Human services
    Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
    L Education > L Education (General)
    M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
    Schools: School of Education and Professional Development
    Depositing User: Graham Stone
    Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2009 14:30
    Last Modified: 28 Jul 2010 19:38


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