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Tertiary musical performance education:

An artistic education for life or an out-dated concept of musicianship?

Bishop, Esther / Tröndle, Martin

In: Music & Practice

Music & Practice

Fundamental changes within the sphere of classical music have raised the question of how institutions of higher education in music, especially performance programmes, are reacting to these changes. This study evaluates the kinds of careers in classical music available today, and the knowledge and skills needed by music performance graduates to succeed. 319 graduates from German conservatories completed an online questionnaire. The results are consonant with an internationally observed tendency towards freelance and ‘portfolio careers’ among musicians, rather than permanent employment with state funded orchestras. The results of this study support the hypothesis that there is a discrepancy between the non-musical skills acquired during education and those necessary for their professional occupations in Germany. The results also show a reluctance to include contextual subjects, such as audience development, music sociology and cultural policy in the music curriculum.

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Bishop, Esther / Tröndle, Martin (2017): Tertiary musical performance education: An artistic education for life or an out-dated concept of musicianship? Music & Practice.