Charting the past to understand the cultural inheritance of concert hall listening and audience development practices

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Nicholls, Claire D., Hall, Clare and Forgasz, Rachel. 2017. "Charting the past to understand the cultural inheritance of concert hall listening and audience development practices." Paedagogica Historica. 54 (4), pp. 502-516. https://doi.org/10.1080/00309230.2017.1397718
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Charting the past to understand the cultural inheritance of concert hall listening and audience development practices

ERA Journal ID7509
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsNicholls, Claire D. (Author), Hall, Clare (Author) and Forgasz, Rachel (Author)
Journal TitlePaedagogica Historica
Paedagogica Historica: international journal of the history of education
Journal Citation54 (4), pp. 502-516
Number of Pages16
Year2017
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN0030-9230
1477-674X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/00309230.2017.1397718
Web Address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00309230.2017.1397718
Abstract

Although often thought of as a contemporary practice, audience development and pedagogies for listener education can be traced throughout the history of the public concert where their origins were forged. This paper unpacks how western listening and audience practices have developed over time, the changes in listening and behaviour norms, the emergence of early practitioners who developed ideas and pedagogies for listener education within the concert hall in Europe, and exposes the current paucity of research on the educational dimension of audience development and pedagogies of listening in the contemporary orchestral concert hall. It is argued that by understanding the past we can better understand the current concert hall and the ways we ourselves actively participate and create our own histories in the ongoing evolution of classical music performance. The paper concludes that this cultural inheritance has implications for arts organisations, educators, audiences, and listeners alike.

KeywordsListening pedagogies; history of audience development; orchestral audiences; history of the public concert hall; audience education
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020360499. Performing arts not elsewhere classified
399999. Other education not elsewhere classified
360303. Music education
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Byline AffiliationsMonash University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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