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Playing Together: developing ensembles through musical play

McCaleb, J Murphy (2016) Playing Together: developing ensembles through musical play. In: Performance Studies Network Fourth International Conference, 14–17 July 2016, Bath Spa University. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Group warm-ups are uncommon in instrumental ensembles within higher education, where rehearsals focus on preparing repertoire. Although mirroring many professional ensembles, the pedagogic benefits of this strategy have not been extensively interrogated. Research on ensemble interaction suggests that cohesive ensemble performance relies on the musical abilities of each performer as well as the emergent social state within the ensemble. One method to develop the skills needed for an effective performance environment can be found in group warm-ups and musical play. Whilst common within music therapy and parts of music education, these are rare in university settings. Students in an undergraduate concert band have participated in musical play in order to prime themselves for effective rehearsal, assessed via self-administered skills audits and interviews. This project encourages students to increase ensemble cohesiveness and musicality as reflective practitioners, informing not only pedagogy, but also the practice of professional ensemble musicians.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: Unpublished
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
M Music and Books on Music > MT Musical instruction and study
School/Department: School of Performance & Media Production
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/1703

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