chapter  7
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Socio-developmental aspects of apprenticeship: the case of musical tuition


In this chapter we will address the central aspects of a process crucial to the apprenticeship of a musical instrument, which we will refer to as the tuition principle. Our aim here is to sketch its interactional qualities and distinguish it from formal instruction-based learning models, as well as to characterize it as a specific form of companionship and reciprocity between instructor and apprentice. The latter will ideally become a process of mutual alignment, which we will argue plays a central role in the “transmission” and development of instrumental skill.