Contemporary music student expectations of musicianship training needs

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Hannan, MF 2006, 'Contemporary music student expectations of musicianship training needs', International Journal of Music Education, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 148-158.

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The practical training of contemporary popular musicians, that is, the preparation of performers, songwriters, and music production personnel for the global popular music industry, is still in its infancy. This article seeks to discuss the specific issue of what musicianship skills should be taught, by interrogating the perceptions of a cohort of students studying for the Bachelor of Contemporary Music degree at Southern Cross University in Australia. Determining appropriate musicianship training programs for musicians in popular music is problematic because of the wide range of genres and professional practices involved in the field. Thus it seems to make good sense to tease out what music students themselves think about their support training needs. This small-scale study of 43 students in the first and second year of their degree shows that performance, composition and music production students have different musicianship-skill learning priorities.

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