Friday, May 22, 2009

Poll Results: In what year did you first hear of the term "collaborative pianist"?

I've long been interested in the growth and development of the term "collaborative pianist" since Samuel Sanders first coined it to the present day. Last week I posed the following question on a readers' poll:
In what year did you first year of the term "collaborative pianist"?
Here are the answers after the first 50 votes:
  • 1990 or before - 6%
  • 1991-1995 - 16%
  • 1996-2000 - 8%
  • 2001-2005 - 36%
  • 2006-present - 34%
Most interesting. Although my sample size was small and probably consisted of exclusively Collaborative Piano Blog readers (where the poll was publicized), this is my observation from the data:

After initial slow growth in the 80's and slightly larger growth in the nineties (dropping off in the last few years before 2000, as I had noticed before in the musical community), the term "collaborative pianist" only gained real steam after 2000 when universities started creating or renaming their programs to reflect the term, possibly helped by the growth of this blog and its not-so-hidden agenda (to spread the word about the possibilities of the collaborative piano field).

Any other thoughts on the data? Don't forget that the poll is a continuing one, and you can still vote here.

1 comment:

  1. Michael1:59 PM

    When I first heard the term, in the late 90s, I thought it was a joke, like a politically correct euphemism. I didn't realize it was a serious term until maybe 5 years ago.