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Modernizing Practice Paradigms for New Music

Periodization Theory and Peak Performance Exemplified Through Extended Techniques


Jennifer Borkowski

The author examines how new music scores with extended playing techniques call for new practice structures. YouTube access to basic instructional videos and the streaming of sound files allows musicians today to learn easily and independently. Yet, the trailblazers in new music tackled new scores without these aids; they used imagination, experimentation and tenacity. Conscious use of both learning modalities can augment ideas of practice and performance preparation; expanding new music’s reach while preserving its fire. Practice is differentiated between the quick learning for an upcoming performance and the transformative learning that new music offers. Periodization theory from sport science provides a pedagogical framework for building both mental and physical stamina leading to peak performance.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Names: Borkowski, Jennifer.

Title: Modernizing practice paradigms for new music : periodization theory and peak performance exemplified through extended techniques / Jennifer Borkowski.

Description: Frankfurt am Main : Peter Lang, 2016. | Series: The art and science of music teaching and performance, ISSN 2191-3072 ; v. 2 | Includes bibliographical references.

Identifiers: LCCN 2016012807 | ISBN 9783631673973

Subjects: LCSH: Flute--Instruction and study. | Flute--Performance. | Music--Performance--Psychological aspects.

Classification: LCC MT340 .B67 2016 | DDC 781.44--dc23 LC record available at

ISSN 2191-3072

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