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Preparing for Success: A Practical Guide for Young Musicians
  • Co-authored with Professor Susan Hallam, this book is a practical guide for young people around the world who wish to pursue a career in music.

Preparing for Success: A Practical Guide for Young Musicians

This book has been co-authored with Professor Susan Hallam at the Institute of Education, London University, and has recently been published by the Institute of Education Press. It provides a practical guide for young people around the world who wish to pursue a career in music. It draws on cutting edge research and thinking in the field and presents it in ways that are clear and intelligible. There is no existing book that deals with these issues in these ways.

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There are chapters on, for example:

• Learning, setting goals and motivating yourself
• Practising
• Making the most of individual lessons
• Improvising and nurturing your creativity
• Health and well-being
• Career options

Each chapter includes case studies taken from interviews with professional musicians, and practical exercises to help readers connect what they read to their own experience and development. The illustrations here, for example, are used to stimulate readers to reflect on the relationships they have developed with one-to-one teachers.

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In a nutshell

So why should you be interested in Learning in and through the Performing Arts?

The collaborative processes of the performing arts open a pandora's box of possibilities for artistic, personal and organizational development. They are subtle and multi-layered, embodied practices that can yield much more than what individuals bring to them, creatively and in terms of human exchange. My work is about continuing to develop these processes for the twenty-first century, so that artists can adapt to their changing contexts and enable their work to take root as creative entrepreneurs, and so that the processes of the arts can be shared and enhanced through exchange with other disciplines and across cultural contexts.