In this paper I address how autoethnography was utilized to research the role and value of arts practice research in Western classical music professional training and practice, by a classically trained professional violinist. As a researcher, I use the philosophy and method of Dalcroze Eurhythmics as a framework to excavate the multiple layers of my own practice and investigate whether there is wider potential resonance for other professional performers. I utilize a mixed-mode approach, combining artistic practice with a number of documenting strategies, in particular using autoethnography as a tool for documentation and reflection. I propose key findings concerning the value of arts practice, and how an autoethnographic journey facilitated the emergence of the self as artist, within the Western classical music culture. The processes of excavation, enabled by autoethnography, attempt to unearth the holistic artist within the performing musician.
Dalcroze Eurhythmics, classical music education, string playing, autoethnography, arts practice research
Thank you to the Irish Research Council of Ireland for funding this research.
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Daly, D. K. (2021). Unearthing the Artist: An Autoethnographic Investigation. The Qualitative Report, 26(8), 2467-2478. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2021.4796