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Fostering Music Performers in the 21st Century and Professional Musicianship

What if the core curriculum for graduate students in music performance were designed to prepare students to succeed in the world of the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

My doctoral dissertation offers a hypothetical answer: a structured and systematic academic curricular framework for music graduate students of performance of concert music (especially those in terminal degrees, such as doctoral students), along with music instructors, professional music performers, school administrators, and college professors, seeking to prepare such students for achieving and maintaining a music career more in keeping with the current work environment, especially those skills demanded by the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the current cultural moment. Syllabi designed by the author for the proposed curriculum are included. This research is supported by various studies: of the Paris Conservatory, the first state school created during the period of the First Industrial Revolution; of the curriculum of selected outstanding current institutions in the United States; and an analysis of a comprehensive bibliography of recent publications on the topic of the skills needed by current performers of concert music. The conclusion advocates the development of a new curricular area in music performance: “Professional Musicianship.”

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