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Sound Musicianship: Understanding the crafts of music

Sound Musicianship: Understanding the crafts of music

Sound Musicianship is a book I edited for music educators and musicians about musicianship—about musical skills, abilities, habits, sensibilities and understandings. Like most crafts, music requires a balance of theoretical knowledge and practical skills that contribute to a highly tuned ability to appreciate and express music. Thirty chapters contributed by leading international music researchers explore general trends that influence musicianship in the twenty-first century, such as an increased reliance on digital media, greater awareness of the neurological basis for musical behaviour, a renewed interest in connections between bodily movements and musical expression, and increased cultural plurality resulting from more frequent travel, increased levels of migration and ubiquitous telecommunications. The book has a deliberate focus on the developmental aspects of musicianship, which will benefit those hoping to advance their own music learning or that of others.

This book explores musicianship from four perspectives—sound, perception, embodiment and culture—in the hope that this framework stimulates a reconsideration of musicianship and how it might be developed. For a summary of this framework read my blog post “What is Musicianship and how do you teach it?”.

The book is available in two electronic formats: Kindle (mobi) & Apple Books or Adobe Digital Reader (ePub)

Sound Musicianship: Understanding the Crafts of Music

Table of contents

Chapter One: Musicianship in a Globalised World
Andrew R. Brown

Section I: Technological Perspectives: Understanding Music as Sound and Data

Chapter Two: Musical Sounds and Musical Signals
Joe Wolfe

Chapter Three: Sound Analysis and Musicology
David Hirst

Chapter Four: Computation and Music
Heinrich K. Taube

Chapter Five: Musicianship in the Digital Age
Andrew Hugill

Chapter Six: Musicianship after Data: Virtuosity as Hyperindustrial Skill
James Tobias

Section II: Psychological Perspectives: Understanding Music Perception and Imagination

Chapter Seven: Psychoacoustics and Cognition for Musicians
Richard Parncutt

Chapter Eight: Musicianship and the Brain
Dawn L. Merrett and Sarah J. Wilson

Chapter Nine: Cognitive Tools to Understand Musical Organisation
Irène Deliège

Chapter Ten: From Sound to Symbol: A New Pitch for Developing Aural Awareness Mícheál Houlahan and Philip Tacka

Chapter Eleven: How Musical is Man? An Evolutionary Perspective
John C. Bispham

Chapter Twelve: Musicianship for Meaningful Engagement
Steve Dillon

Section III: Physical Perspectives: Understanding Musical Gesture and Space

Chapter Thirteen: Demonstrating Musical Knowledge
Jane Davidson

Chapter Fourten: Movement and Musical Expression
Geoff Luck and Petri Toiviainen

Chapter Fifteen: Instrument Making as Music Making: A Slow Food Approach to Musicianship
Koji Matsunobu

Chapter Sixteen: Expressive Musical Interface Design
Bert Bongers

Chapter Seventeen: Embodied, Situated and Distributed Musicianship
David Borgo

Chapter Eighteen: Sonic Ecologies
Damián Keller

Section IV: Cultural Perspectives: Understanding Music as Human Construction

Chapter Nineteen: Music Education for a World of Stylistic Plurality and Blending
Jim Chapman

Chapter Twenty: The Roles of Music and Culture in Children’s Lives
Andrea Emberly

Chapter Twenty One: Online Musical Cultures
Hugh Brown

Chapter Twenty Two: SoundArt and Performativity
Kersten Glandien

Chapter Twenty Three: Notating Music and Sound
Robert Davidson

Chapter Twenty Four: Ah, Music. A Magic Beyond All We Do Here!
Gillian Wills

Section V: Educational Perspectives: Learning Music and Developing Musicianship

Chapter Twenty Five: Democratic Musical Learning: How the Participatory Revolution in New Media Challenges the Culture of Music Education
Heidi Partti and Heidi Westerlund

Chapter Twenty Six: Electroacoustic Ear Training
Eldad Tsabary

Chapter Twenty Seven: A Tale of Creative Learning: jam2jam as a Tool for Understanding the Role of Music in Media
Eva Sæther and Per Sköld

Chapter Twenty Eight: Sound Media Musicianship
Greg Jenkins, Lloyd Barrett and Andrew R. Brown

Chapter Twenty Nine: A Musicianship for the Recording Studio
Paul Draper

Chapter Thirty: Thoughts on the Training of a Music Student at University Level
Richard Vella

The book is available in two electronic formats: Kindle (mobi) & Apple Books or Adobe Digital Reader (ePub)