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“The Connection Itself was the Project”: Capstone Experiences for Emerging Professional Musicians Through WIL

Abstract

During their studies, musicians transition to work-readiness, develop a professional persona and graduate from skills acquisition in a traditional master-mentor relationship towards heterarchical collaboration in ensembles. Over the final year of an undergraduate program in performance, students, faculty/industry mentors and course coordinators worked collaboratively to implement a music work integrated learning (WIL) project, culminating in public performance as a capstone experience. This phenomenological case report outlines how a student group with diverse skills formed a complex adaptive system through inclusion, connection, support, and collaboration culminating in a final public performance and this practice report. Through this process, students obtained a broad range of graduate skills as well as professional musical competencies within a functioning heterarchy. In creative and performing arts, WIL can positively produce professional outcomes that appear indistinguishable from professional practice in the industry at large. This can be a model for transformative WIL in other disciplines. In addition, this research and practice report was prepared primarily by students with a faculty mentor, providing yet another set of graduate skills to musicians seeking portfolio careers in the arts.

Published: 2022-11-29
Pages:37 to 45
Section:Practice Reports
How to Cite
Yeo, N., Mohler, S., Paxton, I., Kwan, H. H. T., Massey, L., & Hallworth, T. (2022). “The Connection Itself was the Project”: Capstone Experiences for Emerging Professional Musicians Through WIL. Student Success, 13(3), 37-45. https://doi.org/10.5204/ssj.2484
Open Access Journal
ISSN 2205-0795