ERIC Number: ED115535
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-May
Reference Count: 0
The Luxury of Necessity. Logo Memo No. 12.
Research in the development of musical perception is described. It is crucial to students' experience that they learn to bring to the surface those "invisible" ideas inherent in music development such as clapping a rhythm or singing a tune. In this way they learn to bridge the gap between intuitive knowledge and the representation of this knowledge which can lead to greater musical appreciation. One such exercise requires students to arrange a given set of musical blocks into a whole tune. This immediately involves students in active listening, searching for coherence, and thinking about a melody as interrelated parts of a particular whole. A second exercise requires varying melodic rhythms to be represented in their relation to the underlying pulse of the tune. A representation is sufficiently powerful when students can intuit musical events and relations in a way which they can generalize and transfer to other musical situations. Such representations give the listener a means for actually perceiving aspects of a composition that were previously inaccessible. (Author/DE)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., Cambridge. Artificial Intelligence Lab.