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Fazıl Say and the Classical Music Stage as Informal Learning Space

Second, revised edition

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Aylin Buran

Fazıl Say and the Classical Music Stage as Informal Learning Space is an exploration of the classical music stage within a framework of informal learning through the interactive concert performances of Fazıl Say. It delves into the artist’s conceptualization of the music-audience nexus along with his motivation for adopting an interactive manner that emerges through a verbal interaction between performer and listener during the concert performances. Using specific concert performances given in Malatya in Turkey, this book presents a detailed demonstration of such a space as a learning medium; and interprets its pedagogical meaning from both the artist’s and the audience’s perspectives.

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Over the last thirty-two years as a teacher—first in secondary schools and in non-formal institutions, later at the university where I now work—I have read numerous books about education. Most of them were good, some of them were useful, but few of them were exceptional. This book, I believe, is among the exceptional. When Aylin Buran, a psychological counsellor who also plays the piano, was about to start her master’s thesis in adult education, she knew that she was going to do it about Fazil Say, the world famous pianist and composer, and his concerts in Anatolia. I heard about her decision because she was my research assistant, and I was very interested in her project. I offered to be one of the jury members, which she gladly accepted. I have been a jury member of a lot of master’s theses in my academic life. Most of them were very interesting, but hers seemed exceptionally so. This book came out of that master’s thesis. Why did it seem so exceptional to me? Why did I believe in it so much that I encouraged her to have it published? Why am I so excited about it? It is because I believe in education, and because I believe that education plays the main role in the development of a country. It is notjust formal education or non­ formal education or informal education that is important, but education of any kind from any competent, expert, and/or advanced person in any field....

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