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Musicians in the Making: Pathways to Creative Performance

John Rink, Helena Gaunt, and Aaron Williamon


Musicians are continually ‘in the making’, tapping into their own creative resources while deriving inspiration from teachers, friends, family members and listeners. Amateur and professional performers alike tend not to follow fixed routes in developing a creative voice; instead, their artistic journeys are personal, often without foreseeable goals. The imperative to assess and reassess one’s musical knowledge, understanding and aspirations is nevertheless a central feature of life as a performer. Musicians in the Making explores the creative development of musicians in both formal and informa ... More

Keywords: creativity, learning and teaching, pedagogical strategies, specialist music training, peer learning, lifelong learning, musical development, communities of practice, professional artistic practices, identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199346677
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199346677.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Rink, editor
Professor of Musical Performance Studies, Cambridge University

Helena Gaunt, editor
Assistant Principal of Research and Academic Development, Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Aaron Williamon, editor
Professor of Performance Science, Royal College of Music

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John Wallace

Part 1 Creative learning in context

1 Learning to perform

Jane W. Davidson and Gary E. McPherson

3 Facilitating learning in small groups

Andrea Creech and Susan Hallam

5 Evaluating progress and setting directions

Don Lebler and Scott Harrison


Jane Manning


Mine Doğantan-Dack


Ricardo Castro (with Helena Gaunt)

Part 2 Creative processes

7 Performers in the practice room

Karen Wise, Mirjam James and John Rink

10 Learning in the spotlight

Aaron Williamon, Terry Clark and Mats Küssner


Carlos Lopez-Real


Margaret Faultless


Helen Reid

Part 3 Creative dialogue and reflection

12 Reflection and the classical musician

Mary Hunter and Stephen Broad

13 Towards convergence

Celia Duffy and Joe Harrop

14 Musical expression from conception to reception

Darla Crispin and Stefan Östersjö

15 Dialogue and beyond

Elaine King and Anthony Gritten

16 Responding to performers

Sinéad O’Neill and John Sloboda


Susanne van Els


Frances-Marie Uitti


Melvyn Tan (with John Rink)

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