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A quest for the perfect tone: Luthiering, pedal boards and curriculum expansion

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In this article the author explores what making guitars (luthiering), designing and assembling pedal boards, and performing as a guitarist has meant for his perspective on curricular expansion in music teacher education in the United States. He provides examples of the creative process of selecting materials, exploring novel components, and establishing finishing procedures in guitar making as a means of illustrating a theory of change in music education (Randles, 2013a). Adaptive and innovative change is viewed through the practical work of both the luthier and music education curriculum reformer. Implications for the future of music education curriculum development are provided.
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Keywords: creativity; guitar; metaphor; musical performance; popular music; technology

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of South Florida

Publication date: July 1, 2015

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  • The Journal of Music, Technology and Education (JMTE) explores the issues concerning the use of technology in music education. It examines pedagogy at all levels and across genres such as composition, musicology, performance and music production. It is the only journal specifically dedicated to the educational aspects of music technology and the technological aspects of music. Peer-reviewed, with an international editorial board, JMTE aims to draw its contributions from a broad community of educators, researchers and practitioners who are working closely with new technologies in the fields of music education and music technology education.
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