Performance, Pedagogy and Pragmatism (with William Westney)

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalks and presentations in private or public companies


Part lecture, part dialog and part classical-music performance (both solo and duet), this session explores the dimensions of musical meaning and mastery on a variety of levels. The presenters bring 
parallel and interlocking backgrounds to their shared inquiry: one as a professional performer with philosophical interests, the other as a professional academic philosopher who is also an active classical 
musician. The presentation will include discussions of:  the interplay between verbal and non-verbal narrative; the ways in which the pedagogical approach espoused in Westney'sbook The Perfect Wrong Note relates to central notions of pragmatist philosophy, as well as how it  can release a performer's artistry; notions of authenticity in  music-making andphilosophy; and the relationship between language systems and the "ineffable."

Emneord: Performance, pedagogy, pragmatism
Period15. Nov 2009
Event titleThe Second Symposium on Researchon Instrumental and Vocal Pedagogy:Challenges of Multiculturalism
Event typeConference
OrganiserResearch Project on Instrumental and Vocal Pedagogy
LocationHelsinki, FinlandShow on map


  • Performance, pedagogy, pragmatism