Bi-musicality and dialogical musicality: Influences of Javanese gamelan participation on Western instrumental learning

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This qualitative research examines the influence of learning Javanese gamelan on aspects of musicianship, attitudes and approaches relating to the learning and performance of Western instruments experienced by a sample of UK university music students. In addition to benefits to musicianship, students delineated positive developments in attitudes and approaches to learning and performance. While bi-musicality may be the prerogative of only those who can maintain expertise concurrently in more than one musical style, the concept of dialogical-musicality is proposed as a construct emphasising productive inter-relationships arising from practical engagement with different musical styles at any level.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberBJME201411
Pages (from-to)219-235
JournalBritish Journal of Music Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jul 2016

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  • Javanese gamelan
  • instrumental learning
  • bi-musicality
  • dialogical musicality

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