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ERIC Number: EJ845185
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0255-7614
Informing Music Teaching and Learning Using Movement Analysis Technology
Visentin, Peter; Shan, Gongbing; Wasiak, Edwin B.
International Journal of Music Education, v26 n1 p73-87 2008
This study explores the utility of movement analysis technology as a means of contributing to a performance pedagogy informed in part by science. Two research questions were investigated: Can biomechanical skills needed for performance on the violin be accurately and objectively characterized and generalized? Can these data be used to inform performance pedagogy to maximize efficiencies and minimize injury? Movement analysis technology was used to study biomechanical phenomena associated with legato bowing on the violin. Results identified and described generalizable characteristics or markers among expert violinists, interactions between right shoulder and elbow, and three discrete tempo-dependent phases of motor control. Such markers may provide new ways of accurately identifying, assessing, and communicating when teaching. Results hold implications for factors related to overuse injuries and underscore the need for more systematic collaborative inquiry into performance pedagogy. (Contains 5 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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