The urgent need for career preview: Student expectations and graduate realities in music and dance

Bennett, Dawn & Bridgstock, Ruth S. (2015) The urgent need for career preview: Student expectations and graduate realities in music and dance. International Journal of Music Education, 33(3), pp. 263-277.

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Unlike the work available in many creative disciplines, musicians and dancers have the possibility of full-time, company-based employment; however, participants far outweigh the number of available positions. As a result, many graduates become ‘enforced entrepreneurs’ as they shape their work to meet personal and professional needs. This paper first explores the career projections of 58 music and dance students who were surveyed in their first week of post-secondary study. It then contrasts these findings with the reality of graduate careers as reported by five of that cohort four years later. In contrast with the students’ overwhelming focus on performance roles, the graduate cohort reported a prevalence of portfolio careers incorporating both creative and non-creative roles. The paper characterises the notion of a performing arts ‘career’ as a messy concept fraught with misunderstanding. Implications include the need to heighten students’ career awareness and position intrinsic satisfaction as a valued career concept.

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ID Code: 76516
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Available online on November 13, 2014
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Keywords: career, dance, higher education, identity, music, performing arts, HERN
DOI: 10.1177/0255761414558653
ISSN: 1744-795X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Creative Arts Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy (130201)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 02 Oct 2014 01:27
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2016 04:49

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