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ERIC Number: ED460897
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 17
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The Mediating Function of Language in the Formation of Musical Knowledge, Musical Concepts and Musical Problem-Solving in Instructional Settings.
Russell, Joan
This paper argues that verbal language plays a mediating role in the development of musical thinking. Two excerpts from the transcripts of conducting students' practica are interpreted. The verbal language that student conductors use during their rehearsals is a path to their musical thinking. Lev Vygotsky's social psychological theory of language offers a research-based theoretical framework to show the links between speaking and thinking. The study uses the two excerpts from the students' work to show how one student attempted to explain musical concepts, and the other used language to clarify and resolve a musical problem created by a desire to realize a musical concept. The paper implies that language has a great position in music teacher education courses because music-related talk is an essential part of students' formation as musicians and teachers. (Contains 62 references.) (EH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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