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ERIC Number: EJ1061970
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0004-9484
Gestures and Body-Movements in the Teaching of Singing: A Survey into Current Practice in Australia and Germany
Nafisi, Julia S. A.
Australian Journal of Music Education, n1 p77-93 2014
In order to investigate the use of gestures and body-movement as teaching and learning tools in one-on-one voice teaching a survey was conducted amongst members of two professional voice teaching organisations in Germany and Australia. The survey questionnaire implemented a terminology devised by the author that distinguished the movements encountered according to their pedagogical intent. It could be shown that a significant number of voice teachers in both surveyed countries regularly use various gestures to enhance and/or illustrate explanation and/or demonstration; and an almost equal number of voice teachers in both countries regularly encourage their students to use various gestures and/or body-movements to facilitate understanding and learning of physiological functions, thought concepts or musical ideas. Differences between the two respondent-groups were outweighed by commonalities and whilst the survey confirmed the prevalence of this teaching and learning tool it also highlighted the wide scope of possibilities and idiosyncrasies inherent in this issue.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Germany