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The emergence of learnables in music masterclasses

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JournalSocial Semiotics
DatePublished - Jul 2014
Issue number4
Number of pages22
Pages (from-to)446-467
Original languageEnglish


In music masterclasses instruction is delivered in response to successive learners' performances, with masters having no recourse to lesson plans or other prepared materials. As a result, topics emerge discursively and spontaneously through interaction. In this paper we describe four ways in which masters develop matters for improvement (learnables). Masters may present learnables as being based on master expertise; on masters' direct displayed experience of the student's performance; on the elicited direct experience of the student-performer; or on the elicited direct experience of the audience. By using a conversation analytic approach, we detail the emergence of learnables in five recorded instances.

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  • Conversation analysis, Institutional interaction, Music pedagogy

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