Performing music, performing musicality

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What does it mean to perform music? This is a question best answered by ethnomusicologists and sociologists. What does it mean to perform musically? Critics, audiences, musicologists and music educationalists all get a say in that. But, what does it mean to perform our human musicality? This is the question for the cognitive sciences.

In empirical music research, assumptions about ‘musicality’ give rise to particular questions and study designs, since the concept speaks to the nature of musical knowledge. The current move toward enactive accounts of music cognition helps to shape a discourse within which we can explore the social-embeddedness of musical experience and practice, emphasising the tacit know-how (rather than the know-what) of musical knowledge. In this session, I will focus on one aspect – that of mutual listening – which seems to me to underlie the behaviours and actions on which the construction of a musical performance event depends. I will reflect on findings from the Improvising Duos project (Moran, Hadley, Bader and Keller, 2015), and from some published studies which have lately made further use of this corpus.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 17 Mar 2018
EventEnactivism: Theory and Performance Conference, University of Memphis: Workshop on Musical Performance - University of Memphis, Memphis, United States
Duration: 15 Mar 201817 Mar 2018


ConferenceEnactivism: Theory and Performance Conference, University of Memphis
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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