‘Play it by ear’ – teachers’ responses to ear-playing tasks during one to one instrumental lessons

Varvarigou, M. (2014) ‘Play it by ear’ – teachers’ responses to ear-playing tasks during one to one instrumental lessons. Music Education Research, 16 (4). pp. 471-484. ISSN 1461-3808.

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Abstract

This paper reports findings from the Ear Playing Project (EPP) in relation to the teaching strategies that 15 instrumental teachers adopted during one-to-one instrumental lessons whilst helping their students to copy music by ear from a recording. Overall, the teachers used a variety of strategies including singing and humming along with or without the recording, asking questions, and giving verbal explanation and positive feedback. By the end of the project the teachers indicated that the project showed them a new and enjoyable way to introduce aural-training tasks, it helped them develop their own confidence in ear-playing and it gave them the opportunity to observe and assess their students’ needs more carefully. The benefits for the students included greater enjoyment during instrumental lessons, development of aural and improvisation skills and greater confidence in instrumental playing.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music
M Music and Books on Music > MT Musical instruction and study > MT0070 Instrumentation and orchestration
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Music and Performing Arts
Depositing User: Dr Maria Varvarigou
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2016 12:51
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2016 23:23
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/14796

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Last edited: 29/06/2016 12:23:00