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Title: 
On practice, skill and competition: A pragmatist theory of action for instrumental music education
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Keywords: 
Practice
Skill
Competition
Instrumental music education
Aesthetic experience
Issue Date: 
2017
Citation: 
Tan, L. (2017). On practice, skill and competition: A pragmatist theory of action for instrumental music education. Contributions to Music Education, 42(1), 17-34.
Abstract: 
Practice, skill and competition are important aspects of participating in school bands and orchestras. However, writers have questioned their value. In this philosophical paper, I mine the writings of the American pragmatists–in particular, their theories of habit and experience–to construct a theory of action for instrumental music education, that is, a proposed framework of active musical doing in large instrumental ensembles. It comprises two facets: effortful practice and effortless performance, and serves as lenses to address issues with respect to practice, skill and competition in instrumental music. Central to this paper is the thesis that the active doing of music in bands and orchestras enables students to encounter the aesthetic peak experience.
Description: 
This is the final draft, after peer-review, of a manuscript published in Contributions to Music Education.
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ISSN: 
0190-4922
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