Challenging classical music’s genre conventions: Findings from a project on youth voice in instrumental education

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This article explores classical music education through analysing data from a project on embedding ‘youth voice’ within instrumental teaching and learning. Drawing on theorisations of classical music as a genre, I describe how the young people in this project saw classical music’s genre conventions as working against a youth voice approach. The article also outlines the ways in which youth voice was shaped through social relations in this space as well as the ‘institutional ecology’ of music education. I argue that embedding youth voice approaches in instrumental education will only be effective if the genre itself is open to transformation.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of the Royal Musical Association
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 20 Feb 2023

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