Musician-Teacher Collaborations: Altering the Chord explores the dynamics between musicians and teachers within educational settings, illustrating how new musical worlds are discovered and accessed through music-in-education initiatives. An international array of scholars from ten countries present leading debates and issues—both theoretical and empirical—in order to identify and expand upon key questions: How are visiting musicians perceived by various stakeholders? What opportunities and challenges do musicians bring to educational spaces? Why are such initiatives often seen as "saving" children, music, and education?

The text is organized into three parts:

  • Critical Insights presents new theoretical frameworks and concepts, providing alternative perspectives on musician-teacher collaboration.
  • Crossing Boundaries addresses the challenges faced by visiting musicians and teaching artists in educational contexts while discussing the contributions of such music-in-education initiatives.
  • Working Towards Partnership tackles some dominant narratives and perspectives in the field through a series of empirically-based chapters discussing musician-teacher collaboration as a field of tension.

In twenty chapters, Musician-Teacher Collaborations offers critical insights into the pedagogical role music plays within educational frameworks. The geographical diversity of its contributors ensures varied and context-specific arguments while also speaking to the larger issues at play. When musicians and teachers collaborate, one is in the space of the other and vice versa. Musician-Teacher Collaborations analyzes the complex ways in which these spaces are inevitably altered.

part 1|12 pages


chapter 1|10 pages

Musical Alterations: Possibilities for Musician–Teacher Collaborations

ByAilbhe Kenny, Catharina Christophersen

part 13I|58 pages

Critical Insights

part 71II|85 pages

Crossing Boundaries

chapter 10|13 pages

The Complete Musician: The Formation of the Professional Musician

ByJune Boyce-Tillman

chapter 12|13 pages

Dialogues between Teachers and Musicians in Creative Music-Making Collaborations

ByRandi Margrethe Eidsaa

part 157III|88 pages

Working Towards Partnership

chapter 15|9 pages

Nurturing on the Go?

A Story of Nomadic Partnership
ByKatharine Kresek

chapter 16|13 pages

Musician–Teacher Collaborations in Composing Contemporary Music in Secondary Schools

ByVictoria Kinsella, Martin Fautley, Nancy Evans

chapter 18|13 pages

Small Composers: Creating Musical Meaning in a Community of Practice

BySven-Erik Holgersen, Peter Bruun, Mette Tjagvad

chapter 19|14 pages

Equal Temperament: Coteaching as a Mechanism for Musician–Teacher Collaboration

ByMarita Kerin, Colette Murphy

part 231|14 pages


chapter 20|12 pages

Alteration, Disruption, or Reharmonization?

Pathways for Musician–Teacher Collaborations
ByCatharina Christophersen, Ailbhe Kenny