Master Research Symposium for Teachers : Lecture by Prof. Lotta Illomäki

wo 21|06|17 10:00 uur

This year’s symposium will be special, since we invited the committee members to kick-off every symposium day with a lecture on their own research. The topics will be varying from Analytical methods in Popular Music till the relationship between the Galileo family and Lute repertoire in renaissance Italy. Join in, bring a coffee and start your day with the newest insights in musicology and music education from across the globe!

Wednesday 21 June, 10.00 hrs
Lecture by Prof. Lotta Illomäki (Sibelius Academy, Helsinki)

’Inner hearing’ or ’thinking in music’ - understanding aural-skills learning from a culturally oriented perspective
Abstract: Institutes of higher music education are devoting increasing attention to social and cultural aspects of learning, and discussing the skills and dispositions that future musicians are likely to need in a diverse and rapidly changing world. On one hand, such challenges pertain to all higher education, and make the broader field of higher education research very relevant to musicians. On the other hand, music has its unique nonverbal dimensions, which require their specific pedagogical tools and pedagogical research.

In my presentation, I discuss the field of aural-skills education, and the possibility of understanding its central pedagogical concepts within a culturally oriented educational framework. I focus on the concept of ’inner hearing’, which refers to the ability to anticipate or activate patterns of musical sound in one’s mind. The concept belongs to many effective aural-skills methods, which guide students to develop a connection between bodily action – singing or playing – and anticipated musical sound. Key elements of this process are bodily participation and variation. For example, an active anticipation of musical pitch is only developed when the musician explores different melodic paths and hears the musical result of each chosen path.

By explaining ’inner hearing’ in terms that are more general than any specific aural-skills method, it is possible to understand possible connections between formal music education and patterns of informal music learning – e.g. the perceptual tendencies that students seem to develop in connection to their main instrument. By focusing on the element of variation, it is also possible to bring attention some critical differences in musicians’ habits of learning outside the formal aural-skills classroom, which are likely to result in different types of aural awareness. Such awareness, in turn, helps us to discuss the purpose and possible benefits of aural-skills education with different types of students.

Locatie: Studio 1, Koninklijk Conservatorium, Juliana van Stolberglaan 1, Den Haag



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