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

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 July 2016

Elizabeth Haddon*
Affiliation:
Music Department, University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DDliz.haddon@york.ac.uk

Abstract

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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Research Article
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Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2016 

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