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ERIC Number: EJ1058659
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0255-7614
With the Eye and the Ear--Analytical and Intuitive Approaches in Piano Playing by Finnish Teacher Candidates
Ketovuori, Mikko
International Journal of Music Education, v33 n2 p133-145 May 2015
This article investigates a piano-playing subject called "keyboard harmony." The subject was initially developed in the 1980s to give (K-12) schoolteachers the skills needed for accompanying singing in classrooms. Since keyboard harmony today has an official status in all Finnish music schools, both piano and general music teachers ought to know and make use of the method in their work. In this study, teacher education candidates (N = 35) were given the task of playing two pieces of music with melody and chords from a songbook. The performances were recorded and evaluated. Students were tested also with Karmas auditory structuring and WAIS Digit-Symbol Coding tests. Additionally, all players wrote a short description of the strategies they used. Deriving from theory and based on the results, two main approaches to piano playing are defined: analytical and intuitive playing. The results indicate that one-sided emphasis on notation may hinder creative and more nuanced ways to play the piano.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale