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Type: Theses
Title: Orchestral education programmes : a study of Australian and British models
Author: Dollman, Emily Kate
Issue Date: 2016
School/Discipline: Elder Conservatorium of Music
Abstract: This doctoral thesis, submitted to the University of Adelaide, examines the education programmes of symphony orchestras in Australia and the United Kingdom, both past and present. Through this detailed exploration the thesis considers directions for future development. In Australia, orchestras increasingly look to their education departments to both foster the next generation of musicians and to maintain social relevance. However, there is a mismatch between the evident importance of such work and the relative lack of research in the field. The research presented here aims to fill this gap by presenting the first comprehensive overview of current practice and historical development in the field. At the time of writing orchestral education programmes are in a period of growth in Australia. Several Australian orchestras have made connections with British specialists, in acknowledgment that the United Kingdom is a world leader in participatory, creative orchestral education programming. The thesis analyses the reasons behind the United Kingdom’s strength in this area, giving particular attention to the development of the creative music workshop format. Other key topics in the thesis include: the implications of the growth of orchestral education work for classical music training at the tertiary level; the importance of partnership between arts and education organisations and the international impact of the Venezuelan El Sistema upon music education. New primary source materials have been generated in the form of interviews with leading figures in the field, including Managing Directors and Education Directors of orchestras in both Britain and Australia. The detailed insight gained from these interviews highlights current best practice in the field and reveals possibilities for further growth. The conclusion of this thesis offers a blueprint for future orchestral education programming.
Advisor: Bodman Rae, Charles
Koehne, Graeme John
Rosevear, Jennifer Claire
Dissertation Note: Thesis (Ph.D.) -- University of Adelaide, Elder Conservatorium of Music, 2016.
Keywords: orchestral education
Australian orchestras
music hubs
El Sistema
tertiary music training
Provenance: This electronic version is made publicly available by the University of Adelaide in accordance with its open access policy for student theses. Copyright in this thesis remains with the author. This thesis may incorporate third party material which has been used by the author pursuant to Fair Dealing exceptions. If you are the owner of any included third party copyright material you wish to be removed from this electronic version, please complete the take down form located at:
DOI: 10.4225/55/58c22e643585f
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