Academic journal article Australian Journal of Music Education

Life in the Real World: How to Make Music Graduates Employable

Academic journal article Australian Journal of Music Education

Life in the Real World: How to Make Music Graduates Employable

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Life in the Real World: How to Make Music Graduates Employable

Edited Dawn Bennett, 2012, Common Ground paperback 284 pp. ISBN 978-161229-079-9

The genesis of this book comes from an International Society for Music Education seminar presented by the Commission for the Education of the Professional Musician. From the first pages, this book is laid out for easy reference. The table of contents is expanded so that not only are the Chapters given page numbers, but also the subheadings within each Chapter. The book is divided into two parts--papers and a resource collection --with cross-referencing between parts one and two where appropriate. The papers and resources have been edited to identify links between the two sections and the ideas that flow between them. This approach gives the reader the opportunity to explore a topic in greater depth through an easy search facility.

The papers in part one arise from a seminar presented by the Commission for the Education of the Professional Musician. This section contains eight academic papers written in differing styles. Chapter one is titled 'Music, Musicians and Careers' and is multi-authored by Dawn Bennett, Angela Beeching, Rosie Perkins, Glen Carruthers and Janis Weller. Chapters two to eight are single -authored by Rosie Perkins, Angela Beeching, Janis Weller, Dawn Bennett, Glen Carruthers, Rineke Smilde and Michael Hannan.

Part two is a resource collection presented in three sections. The first 12 resources titled 'From Self to Career' are centred on self, encouraging reflection for future-oriented planning with personal strengths, interests and goals. …

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