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    Beethoven, Vienna and Spain’s Trienio Liberal [Beethoven, Viena y el Trienio Liberal]
    Christoforidis, M ; Tregear, P ; Cascudo García -Villaraco, T (Comares Música, 2021)
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    Playing an Instrument
    MCPHERSON, G ; Davidson, J ; Evans, P ; McPherson, G (Oxford University Press, 2016)
    Learning to play a musical instrument is one of the most widespread musical activities for children. While much research in the past century has focused on the assessment of musical abilities and the content of their lessons, more recent research has focused on children’s interactions with their social environments and how these interactions impact their ongoing ability and motivation to learn and play music. This chapter explores these social and cognitive developments starting with how children and their parents select an instrument and negotiate the commencement of formal music learning, through to the task related cognitive strategies children use to overcome the difficulties associated with learning and practice, and the ways they may eventually become able to integrate an identity as a musician with their own sense of self. Aspects of self-regulation and self-determination theory are discussed.
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    Introduction to Fernando Sor: Cendrillon
    CHRISTOFORIDIS, M ; Kertesz, E (Editions Orphee, 2016)
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    Enabling Music Students’ Well-Being through Regular Zoom Cohort Chats During the Covid-19 Crises
    Johnson, C ; Merrick, B ; Ferdig, R ; Baumgartner, E ; Hartshorne, R ; Kaplan-Rakowski, R ; Mouza, C (AACE International, 2020)
    The required shift to online music teaching due to COVID-19 resulted in Teacher Education music students needing different approaches for well-being supported through innovative uses of technology for community, collaboration and connection. Using Samaras’ five elements of self-study, two music education instructors in an Australian conservatoire explored the results of regular, weekly live-stream cohort chats (i.e., Wednesday Zoom Café) when facing an unprecedented crisis. Based on the findings, the innovative use of a Zoom café can result when technology is used to: support music student well-being; support organizational design, facilitate clarity of communication; and, create connection, identity and community through socially-constructed technology application. Using these approaches, live-streamed cohort chats can support pre-service music students’ positive wellbeing during a time of unprecedented lockdown and consequential social isolation.
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    Synesthesia and Music Performance
    Glasser, S ; McPherson, GE (Oxford University Press, 2022-02-17)

    Abstract: Synesthesia is a rare neurological condition that occurs more frequently in populations of artistic professionals, with many well-known examples in music. For musicians with synesthesia, their musical journey and development are shaped by the way they connect music and sounds with color, shape, taste, or any other perceptual modality. This chapter therefore attempts to provide information on the impact of synesthesia on music performance by describing musicians’ lived experiences and highlighting the multiplicity of experiences and behavioral outcomes of this group of artists. Six key features are reviewed: preference for specific musical styles, choice of repertoire or music listening, compositional choices, choice of instrument or instrumentation, musical interpretation, and instrumental technique. By studying the impact of synesthesia on various aspects of music performance and describing the lived-world experiences of a unique section of the musical population, the chapter provides both synesthete and non-synesthete musicians with insights into this condition and the range of perceptual responses to music that musicians experience, and what synesthesia may reveal about musical development more generally.

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    Developing Tests of Music Performance Improvisation
    McPherson, G ; Brophy, T (Oxford University Press, 2019)
    This chapter presents a survey of research on the development and validation of a measure to assess instrumentalists’ ability to improvise music. It begins by framing efforts to distinguish between visual, aural, and creative forms of music performance, and the types of assessment tasks required to evaluate music performance improvisation. The chapter surveys a range of related measures that have been used to assess improvisational abilities in young developing musicians and provides a detailed description of the author’s own Test of Ability to Improvise (TAI) that he has used with beginning, intermediate, and advanced level school instrumentalists. Included also are examples of the instrumentalists’ improvisations and a discussion of the implications of the research findings for conceptions of musical development and practical applications within music education.
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    Families with preschool aged children with autism spectrum disorder
    THOMPSON, G ; Jacobsen, SL ; Thompson, G (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2016-09-21)
    Sigman, M. and Kasari, C. (1995) 'Joint Attention Across Contexts in Normal and Autistic Children. ... Thompson, G. (2014) 'A survey of parent's use of music in the home with their child with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Implications for building the capacity of families. ... 5 Music-Oriented Counselling Model for Parents of Childen with Autism FAMILIES WITH PRESCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN WITH ASD 115.
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    Reimagining China in Interwar German Opera: Eugen d’Albert’s Mister Wu and Ernst Toch’s Der Fächer
    Gabriel, J ; Cho, J (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021-10-02)
    This chapter examines how Germany and China’s changed relationship after World War I and Germany’s forced decolonization affected representations of China in German opera through analysis of two operas. The first, Eugen d’Albert and M. Karlev’s Mister Wu (1930–1932), reconfigured the tropes of the Yellow Peril, reflecting the social upheavals experienced by Germany after the war and Germany’s new relationship with its former colonies. The second, Ernst Toch and Ferdinand Lion’s Der Fächer (The Fan, 1927–1930), transported a Chinese fairy tale to present-day Shanghai. Modern China becomes an allegorical site whose similarities to Germany are a means of exploring Germany’s new postwar identity. However, this portrayal also subtly positioned Germany in a dominant role, anticipating post-World War II neocolonialism.
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    Developing Tests of Music Performance Improvisation
    McPherson, GE ; Brophy, TS (Oxford University Press, 2019-03-08)
    This chapter presents a survey of research on the development and validation of a measure to assess instrumentalists’ ability to improvise music. It begins by framing efforts to distinguish between visual, aural, and creative forms of music performance, and the types of assessment tasks required to evaluate music performance improvisation. The chapter surveys a range of related measures that have been used to assess improvisational abilities in young developing musicians and provides a detailed description of the author’s own Test of Ability to Improvise (TAI) that he has used with beginning, intermediate, and advanced level school instrumentalists. Included also are examples of the instrumentalists’ improvisations and a discussion of the implications of the research findings for conceptions of musical development and practical applications within music education.
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    Developing tests of musical improvisation performance
    McPherson, G ; Brophy, TS (Oxford University Press, 2019-03-28)
    This volume also looks at technical aspects of measurement in music, and outlines situations where theoretical foundations can be applied to the development of tests in music.