PhD Australian National University In progress (2010) Pages:

Defining the Indefinable: An historical and cultural exploration of excellence in music

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[Summary provided August 2011] This thesis seeks to explore concepts of excellence in music, particularly in light of the social music model of the ANU Music Education Program. Through the use of a number of 'lenses', I am exploring the many facets of excellence in music in order to re-define and re-conceptualise excellence within a broad historical and cultural context. Some of these 'lenses' include: the classics, through etymology and an exploration of the beginnings of formal music making; discussion of current trends in assessing 'talent'; critical incidents and case-studies captured through alternative multi-media; and alternative philosophies of social music making.

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