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Creative Research in Music
Informed Practice, Innovation and Transcendence

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ISBN 9780367231354
December 30, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
272 Pages

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Book Description

Creative Research in Music explores what it means to be an artistic researcher in music in the 21st century. The book delineates the myriad processes that underpin successful artistic research in music, providing best practice exemplars ranging from Western classical art to local indigenous traditions, and from small to large-scale, multi-media and cross-cultural work formats. Drawing on the richness of creative research work at key institutions in the South-East Asian and Australian region, this book examines the social, political, historical and cultural driving forces that spur and inspire excellence in creative research to extend and to cross boundaries, to sustain our music industry, to advocate for the importance of music in our world, and to make it clear that music matters.

In fourteen chapters, authors explain present the ideas of informed practice, innovation and transcendence. Each of these three themes has an introductory section where the theme is explored and the chapters in that section introduced. At the conclusion of each such section, the editors summarise the pedagogical and social implications for performance practice. A final chapter in the book discusses how the themes in combination, with reference to the authorial group, are able to transform music pedagogy and performance for our global and complex world.

Table of Contents


Anna Reid

Part 1: Informed Practice

1. Life Informed Practice: Contemporary considerations for music education

Neal Peres Da Costa

2. Life in Music

Genevieve Lacey

3. Musical Past and Future Generations: A Message from Thailand

Anothai Nitibhon

4. The Language of Nature: Adapting sound to sense in an eighteenth-century cantata

Robert Toft

5. Historically-informed practice and group-learning pedagogy in a tertiary music ensemble

Daniel Yeadon

6. The Dowling Songbook project: an uniquely Australian opportunity in HIP learning

Neal Peres Da Costa, Helen F. Mitchell, Mathew Stephens,

7. A Homage to Pra Vishnukarma "chang" the forgotten artist of music paradise in memory of Kru Wan Onchan (1920-1993) my first music teacher

Anant Narkkong

8. Falling leaves and new roots: Informed practice within the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s Chinese Music Ensemble

Catherine Ingram, Lu Liu, Nicholas Ng

9. Informing practice through collaboration: listening to colonising histories and Australian music

Shannon Foster, Amanda Harris

Part 2: Innovation

10. Innovation

Janelle Carrigan, Jean-David Caillouët

11. The voices of South Asian Soundscapes: Migrating through musical boundaries

Jean-David Caillouët

12. How to Make a Woodblock Sing: Artistic Research as an art of attentiveness

Liza Lim

13. Towards a philosophical understanding of interpretative artistic performance: Musical thinking, innovation and pedagogy

Goetz Richter

14. Reinventing expressive traditions into contemporary artistic expression: A Philippine experience

Ramon P. Santos

15. Remarks on music in Indonesia: Dilemmas and misunderstandings but also challenges and chances in an emerging country with a multi-ethnic society

Dieter Mack

16. Seeking innovation as exploration of aesthetic

James Henry Byrne Humberstone

Part 3: Transcendence

17. Transcendence

Anna Reid and Anothai Nitibhon

18. Transcendent innocence: Red-Riding-Hood redeemed?

Joseph Toltz

19. You Gotta Have Faith: Trauma and transcendence through the creation of a new electronic music theatre work

Paul Mac

20. A case study of performance research – Bangsokol: A requiem for Cambodia

Sophy Him, Peter Petocz

21. Road, pendulum and coil

Simon Barker

22. At the crossroads: moments of transcendence in field music research

LaVerne David de la Peña

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Anna Reid is Professor of Music at the University of Sydney and current Dean of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Neal Peres Da Costa is Professor of Historical Performance and Associate Dean of Research at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Jeanell Carrigan is an Associate Professor in Collaborative Piano at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.