Music Orientation and Musically Restricted

Anti Juvonen
University of Joensuu, Finland

Summary

Introduction. Music orientation basically means the individual’s general attitude towards music. This may be active or passive (hobby or no hobby) and positive or negative by nature. The musically restricted is a group of people to whom music has no meaning. Their musical orientation has become negative and it has stayed passive. This phenomenon has not been widely researched and it has been discovered after the year 2000. Only a couple of articles have been written about it before this one. Some small researches (Syrjäkosk,i 2005) have been done on the basis of case research. The phenomenon was first mentioned in 2000 (Juvonen, 2000) and it seems to be rather uncommon (2-4% of people seem to belong to the group.)

Aim of the Study. To recognize the prevalence of the phenomenon and to find out the reasons which lead into its forming. Lasīt vairāk "Music Orientation and Musically Restricted"

Developing Tomorrow`s Drumming by Studying the Past

Tormod Kayser
Bergen University College, Norway

Summary

Introduction. The master thesis Transmissions of Paradiddles in Jazz and Rock Drumming, A Historical Study (Kayser, 2009) concluded that several paradiddles (specific combinations of single and double strokes) used in military  drumming in the 18th and 19th centuries are still in use by today’s jazz and rock drummers, though applied in new ways to the drum set.

The Aim of the Study. The purposes of this article is to uncover connections between old military drumming of European-American heritage and drum set playing, and to see if learning from centuries of drumming heritage could also be a way to move ahead and develop the art of drumset playing. Lasīt vairāk "Developing Tomorrow`s Drumming by Studying the Past"

Piano Playing Study Process Within the Context of Changes in Contemporary Education

Jeļena Davidova, Olga Gončarova
Daugavpils University, Latvia

Summary

Introduction. Practice shows that the conceptions of the development of contemporary piano playing pedagogy are bristling with discrepancies: on the one hand, high achievements, results in festivals, competitions, on the other – an obvious decrease of interest in piano playing. A decline in the popularity of professional education institutions testifies not only to a general social apathy of the society, but reveals a range of problems in professional music education.

The Aim of the Study. To explore the opinions of Latvian piano teachers about the changes in the piano playing study process. Lasīt vairāk "Piano Playing Study Process Within the Context of Changes in Contemporary Education"

Learning Strategies and Evalution Methods in Dance Education

Birute Banevičiūtė
Vilnius Pedagogical University, Lithuania

Summary

Introduction. The article deals with the problem of stimulation of the changes in teaching dance at schools seeking to implement contemporary approach to education based on active learning process and apropriate evaluation for learning. The object of the research is learning strategies and evaluation methods in dance education.

The Aim of the Study. To define pecularities of learning strategies and evaluation methods in dance education at school. Lasīt vairāk "Learning Strategies and Evalution Methods in Dance Education"

Life In Sounds, Colours And Atmospheres: A Case Study On Synaesthesia

Heikki Ruismäki
University of Helsinki, Finland
Antti Juvonen
University of Eastern, Finland

Abstract

In this article we focus on the world of colour associations and atmospheres experienced by a famous and successful piano pedagogue. The aim of the study is to open one point of view inside the phenomenon of synaesthesia through one case which is truly reliable. This case study is based on personal interviews with the pedagogue (August 16-19, 1999, and April 27, 2010), and the findings are anchored theoretically in the synaesthetic experience. The article subtitles are the themes and subjects used in the interviews, and the free association discussions have been shaped into more structured form. To express the events in a way that is similar to the real life experiences, we have quoted the interviewee directly in our text. Lasīt vairāk "Life In Sounds, Colours And Atmospheres: A Case Study On Synaesthesia"

The Art Music`s Road from a Closed System to Openness

Kimmo Lehtonen
University of Turku, Finland
Antti Juvonen
University of Eastern Finland, Finland

Abstract

In this article we form a review-like vision of the development of Finnish music educational system. We use a philosophic-historic method combining the historical events into the educational theories and philosophical points of view. We use conceptions from music sociology and musicology combined in educational and partly historical point of view. The aim of the study is to find similar elements in the development of Finnish music education and positivistic and behaviouristic theories. The power structures and the ways of action are analyzed and estimated in spirit of discussion and opening new perspectives in the Finnish music education institutes which are struggling for survival in close future. Our findings show that old traditional ways of thinking and developing music education systems and organisations have come to the end of the road and new winds must start blowing. New research,  he explosion-like development in music culture and music industry set new demands also to music education and institutions. The turtle defence no longer works and music culture must be seen as multidimensional many-sided part of every human being’s life. Lasīt vairāk "The Art Music`s Road from a Closed System to Openness"

Diagnosing levels of dance composition skills in the study process

Rita Spalva
Riga Teacher Training and Educational Management Academy, Latvia

Introduction

Both the rapid cultural processes in the world and in Europe and the high empirical level of the art activities in the society have developed preconditions for the analysis of dance composition in the correlation between theoretical and empirical findings (???????, 2008). It has cleared the way to the research of dance composition skills within the study process. Development of dance composition skills is one of the most significant tasks of the study process in the education of dance teachers and choreographers. It stimulates personality development and creative skills of students in the development of socially significant art objects. Diagnosing levels of dance compositions skills gives wide possibilities for the development of such skills by using the experience and abilities of each individual student. Lasīt vairāk "Diagnosing levels of dance composition skills in the study process"

Analytical methods in the process of learning music

Imants Mežaraups
Riga Teacher Training and Educational Management Academy, Latvia

Introduction

Learning to perform any new musical work is a multi-dimensional task for any musician, young or old, experienced or novice. In most academic situations (as opposed to improvisatorial situations typical for jazz and popular music), the musician must acquire all of the needed musical information from the notated score, and translate that to actual performance. This process can be expedited and made more accurate if analytical methods are employed in studying the musical score.

The Aim of the Study

To briefly illustrate analytical methods that have been proposed by music theorists, but here not for the sake of music theory as such, but rather to enhance the learning process for any practicing musician. Analysis can be a practical tool that enables musicians to learn more quickly. Lasīt vairāk "Analytical methods in the process of learning music"

Development of Youth Sensomotoric Coordination in Acquisition of Playing Percussion Instruments

Tālis Gžibovskis, Māra Marnauza, Daina Voita, Viktorija Perepjolkina
Riga Teacher Training and Educational Management Academy, Latvia

Introduction

In playing percussion instruments, the main activity takes place through movement or motorics, it requires a developed sensomotor coordination.

Aim of the Study

Study and verify development of youth’s sensomotor coordination in acquisition of playing the percussion instruments. Lasīt vairāk "Development of Youth Sensomotoric Coordination in Acquisition of Playing Percussion Instruments"

Development of Cooperation Skills During Acquisition Process of Jazz Singing

Inga Bērziņa, Māra Marnauza
Riga Teacher Training and Educational Management Academy, Latvia

Introduction

During jazz studies, a student develops not only the skill to play the chosen instrument or the vocal technique, but also participates at sessions of playing music in groups. To successfully incorporate in this creative process, theory-wise, practical and psychological readiness is needed, as well as cooperation skills.

Aim of the Study

To find possibilities to develop cooperation skills during acquisition process of jazz singing. Lasīt vairāk "Development of Cooperation Skills During Acquisition Process of Jazz Singing"