Group playing by ear in higher education: the processes that support imitation, invention and group improvisation

Varvarigou, M. (2016) Group playing by ear in higher education: the processes that support imitation, invention and group improvisation. In: New Directions for Performance and Music Teacher Education A Symposium on University Music Education in China, 2nd-5th November, 2016, Xiamen, China.

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Abstract

The study presented here explored how group playing by ear, or Group Ear Playing (GEP), through the imitation of recorded material and opportunities for inventive work during peer interaction supported first year undergraduate western classical music students’ aural, creative and improvisation skills. The approach to playing by ear adopted in this study is based on Lucy Green’s (2014) work on the use of informal learning practices in formal music education. The framework that emerged from the analysis of the data describes two routes taken by the students, whilst progressing from GEP to group improvisation. This study advocates that through playing by ear in groups western classical musicians within Higher Education can develop their creative, collaborative and improvisation skills.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music
M Music and Books on Music > MT Musical instruction and study > MT0068 Improvisation. Accompaniment. Transposition
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Music and Performing Arts
Depositing User: Dr Maria Varvarigou
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2016 13:03
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2016 13:03
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/14798

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