Book Chapter

Reconceptualizing 'musicianship': Music performance and training through to music reception and engagement

TC Chin, N Rickard

Lifelong Engagement with Music: Benefits for Mental Health and Well-Being | Published : 2012


Musicianship is traditionally denoted by a history and level of expertise achieved through formal music training. In research investigating cognitive and health benefits of music, it has been usual for a distinction to be made between =musicians' and nonmusicians'. In this chapter, we explore a range of other forms of engagement with music, including active listening, and affective, analytical, social and physical styles of engagement. The more controversial evidence that other forms of music engagement may confer similar non-musical cognitive benefits (albeit to a lesser degree) as formal music training is reviewed. The implications of revisiting the definition of musicianship in research o..

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