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

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JournalBritish Journal of Music Education
DateAccepted/In press - 4 Jan 2016
DatePublished (current) - 18 Jul 2016
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)219-235
Original languageEnglish


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.

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

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