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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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XII. Graded Repertoire List


XII.   Graded Repertoire List

Level 1

Louke, Phyllis, Extended Techniques-Solos for Fun, published by ALRY, 2006

Louke, Phyllis, Extended Techniques-Double the Fun, published by ALRY, 2003

Level 2

Erb, Donald, Music for Mother Bear for Solo Alto Flute, published Merion Music, Inc., 1970 (Can be played on the flute as well)

Folio, Cynthia, Flute Fantasy, published by the composer, 1976, Etudes and short concert pieces

Fortin, Viktor, No Problem, 14 easy duets with annotations and commentaries by Arno Steinwider-Johannsen, published by Döblinger, 2006

Gasser, Ulrich, Papierblüten (Paper Blossoms), published by Riccordi, 1982-84

Heiss, John, Etudes for Solo Flute, Op. 20, published by JBE and Son Music, 1986

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