Miell, Dorothy and Littleton, Karen
Musical collaboration outside school: Processes of negotiation in band rehearsals.
International Journal of Educational Research, 47(1) pp. 41–49.
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This paper presents a study of a series of band rehearsals run by five young people as they practised for a gig together: preparing new songs as well as developing their existing sets. The analysis specifically explores the ways in which the band members collectively develop and evaluate their musical ‘works in progress’. Their interactions were distinctive: with evidence of emotive, highly critical and sometimes conflictual dynamics in places. Within and through such processes the band members constructed a musical ‘shared knowledge’ which resourced the negotiation of their emergent band identity.
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