Putting Down Roots: Making Music and Embracing Messiness in Graduate School

The Handbook on Music Business and Creative Industries in Education - Daniel Walzer

Taylor Ackley
SUNY, Stony Brook (PhD candidate)
Joe Sferra [+-]
SUNY, Potsdam
Joe Sferra is Visiting Assistant Professor at SUNY, Postdam

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Taylor Ackley and Joe Sferra describe the Deep Roots Ensemble, a student-run mixed chamber group drawing musical inspiration from American folk and roots music, jazz, and classical styles. Written primarily as an autoethnography undertaken by the two authors, the chapter explores aspects of the complicated history of American music, institutional politics in higher education, and how an inclusive pedagogical style inspires deeper and more meaningful connections to ensemble performance, creativity, and professionalism. Along with interviews with former students, Ackley and Sferra challenge the hegemonic and limiting structures commonly found in academic music departments. The chapter concludes with a clarion call for how educators might adopt a similar ethos in their ensemble pedagogy.

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Ackley, Taylor; Sferra, Joe. Putting Down Roots: Making Music and Embracing Messiness in Graduate School. The Handbook on Music Business and Creative Industries in Education. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Aug 2024. ISBN 9781800505223. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=45325. Date accessed: 25 Jun 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.45325. Aug 2024

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