From music student to professional: The process of transition

Andrea Creech, Ioulia Papageorgi, Celia Duffy, Frances Morton, Elizabeth Haddon, John Potter, Christophe de Bezenac, Tony Whyton, Evangelos Himonides, Graham Welch

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This article addresses the question of whether higher education music courses adequately prepare young musicians for the critical transition from music undergraduate to professional. Thematic analyses of interviews with 27 undergraduate and portfolio career musicians representing four musical genres were compared. The evidence suggests that the process of transition into professional life for musicians across the four focus genres may be facilitated when higher education experiences include mentoring that continues after graduation, the development of strong multi-genre peer networks, the provision of many and varied performance opportunities and support for developing self-discipline and autonomy in relation to the acquisition of musical expertise. Implications for higher education curricula are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)315-331
Number of pages17
JournalBritish Journal of Music Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes

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    Creech, A., Papageorgi, I., Duffy, C., Morton, F., Haddon, E., Potter, J., de Bezenac, C., Whyton, T., Himonides, E., & Welch, G. (2008). From music student to professional: The process of transition. British Journal of Music Education, 25(3), 315-331.