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The mastersingers: language and practice in an operatic masterclass

Atkinson, Paul Anthony 2013. The mastersingers: language and practice in an operatic masterclass. Ethnography and Education 8 (3) , pp. 355-370. 10.1080/17457823.2013.792673

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The paper presents a microethnographic examination of an operatic masterclass, based on a transcribed video recording of just one such class. It is a companion piece to a more generalised ethnographic account of such masterclasses as pedagogic events. The detailed analysis demonstrates the close relationship between spoken and unspoken actions in the pedagogy – especially the work of gesture. The masterclass thus displays the work of rendering explicit embodied technical and interpretative competence. Masterclass teachers find ways to express such advice through maxims, metaphors and physical activities.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
L Education > L Education (General)
M Music and Books on Music > MT Musical instruction and study
Uncontrolled Keywords: microethnography, pedagogy, masterclasses, gesture, tacit knowledge
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1745-7823
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 06:18

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