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Sound Musicianship: Understanding the Crafts of Music is a book I edited for Cambridge Scholars Publishing that was published in October 2012. It aims to take an expanded view of musicianship in the 21st century, in an age of ubiquitous digital music technologies and instant globalized communications. Amidst these developments it looks at four fundamental aspects of music making and appreciating. Music as sound and data, music as perception and imagination, music as gesture and space, and music as a social and cultural construction.

There are 30 chapters that provide detail on these ideas and   represent some of the latest thinking from these as areas of research. The final section has a number of chapters focused on music education that provide examples of how these ideas can be implemented in practice for musicianship training.

A quote from my own chapter outlines the ambition for this book and its authors.

“Musical experiences in the twenty-first century have arguably become more varied than ever before, and our knowledge about music making is more detailed, than in any previous century. In response, our understanding of musicianship and how it can be developed warrants revisiting. The opportunities and challenges for contemporary music making are shaped by a variety of forces, including increased access to musical heritage(s) through global trade, audiovisual recording and internet distribution; new insights into musical thoughts and behaviours from research into topics such as “music and the brain”; new technologies for music production and consumption, such as mobile computing devices and their apps, that expand and democratise participation in and access to music (Jenkins 2009); and the economic and social impacts surrounding the changes that result in the repositioning of music as a discipline, from the “arts and crafts” to the “creative industries”. A discussion of a musicianship that responds to this context needs to move beyond the narrow and limited sense in which it is frequently used in music education.” p. 1

The book is number 4 of the series, Meaningful Music Making for Life, curated by the late Steve Dillon, who also contributed a chapter to this volume before his untimely death.

Below is the table of contents which gives a good idea of the calibre of the contributors and the scope of the material.

Chapter One………………………………………………………………… 1
Musicianship in a Globalised World
Andrew R. Brown

Section I: Technological Perspectives: Understanding Music as Sound and Data

Chapter Two ……………………………………………………………….. 14
Musical Sounds and Musical Signals
Joe Wolfe

Chapter Three ……………………………………………………………… 28
Sound Analysis and Musicology
David Hirst

Chapter Four………………………………………………………………… 40
Computation and Music
Heinrich K. Taube

Chapter Five ………………………………………………………………… 52
Musicianship in the Digital Age
Andrew Hugill

Chapter Six ………………………………………………………………….. 62
Musicianship after Data: Virtuosity as Hyperindustrial Skill
James Tobias

Section II: Psychological Perspectives: Understanding Music Perception and Imagination

Chapter Seven………………………………………………………………. 76
Psychoacoustics and Cognition for Musicians
Richard Parncutt

Chapter Eight………………………………………………………………… 88
Musicianship and the Brain
Dawn L. Merrett and Sarah J. Wilson

Chapter Nine………………………………………………………………… 100
Cognitive Tools to Understand Musical Organisation
Irène Deliège

Chapter Ten ………………………………………………………………… 113
From Sound to Symbol: A New Pitch for Developing Aural Awareness Mícheál Houlahan and Philip Tacka

Chapter Eleven ……………………………………………………………. 130
How Musical is Man? An Evolutionary Perspective
John C. Bispham

Chapter Twelve …………………………………………………………… 143
Musicianship for Meaningful Engagement
Steve Dillon

Section III: Physical Perspectives: Understanding Musical Gesture and Space

Chapter Thirteen………………………………………………………….. 156
Demonstrating Musical Knowledge
Jane Davidson

Chapter Fourteen ………………………………………………………… 167
Movement and Musical Expression
Geoff Luck and Petri Toiviainen

Chapter Fifteen ……………………………………………………………. 178
Instrument Making as Music Making: A Slow Food Approach
to Musicianship
Koji Matsunobu

Chapter Sixteen ………………………………………………………….. 189
Expressive Musical Interface Design
Bert Bongers

Chapter Seventeen ……………………………………………………… 202
Embodied, Situated and Distributed Musicianship
David Borgo

Chapter Eighteen ………………………………………………………… 213
Sonic Ecologies
Damián Keller

Section IV: Cultural Perspectives: Understanding Music as Human Construction

Chapter Nineteen ………………………………………………………… 228
Music Education for a World of Stylistic Plurality and Blending
Jim Chapman

Chapter Twenty ………………………………………………………….. 241
The Roles of Music and Culture in Children’s Lives
Andrea Emberly

Chapter Twenty One……………………………………………………. 251
Online Musical Cultures
Hugh Brown

Chapter Twenty Two……………………………………………………. 264
SoundArt and Performativity
Kersten Glandien

Chapter Twenty Three………………………………………………….. 277
Notating Music and Sound
Robert Davidson

Chapter Twenty Four……………………………………………………. 289
Ah, Music. A Magic Beyond All We Do Here!
Gillian Wills

Section V: Educational Perspectives: Learning Music and Developing Musicianship

Chapter Twenty Five ……………………………………………………. 300
Democratic Musical Learning: How the Participatory Revolution
in New Media Challenges the Culture of Music Education
Heidi Partti and Heidi Westerlund

Chapter Twenty Six……………………………………………………… 313
Electroacoustic Ear Training
Eldad Tsabary

Chapter Twenty Seven…………………………………………………. 324
A Tale of Creative Learning: jam2jam as a Tool for Understanding
the Role of Music in Media
Eva Sæther and Per Sköld

Chapter Twenty Eight…………………………………………………… 335
Sound Media Musicianship
Greg Jenkins, Lloyd Barrett and Andrew R. Brown

Chapter Twenty Nine …………………………………………………… 346
A Musicianship for the Recording Studio
Paul Draper

Chapter Thirty …………………………………………………………….. 357
Thoughts on the Training of a Music Student at University Level
Richard Vella

The book can be purchased from CSP directly or from Amazon and an eBook version is available via Apple’s iBookstore (worldwide) and for Amazon Kindle (for those in the USA).

Media about Sound Musicianship

– “Reexamining Music in the 21st Century.” Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre press release.

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