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A multimedia approach to teaching music

Authors Ayers, Lydia
Issue Date 2001-12-12
Source Proceedings of the first teaching and learning symposium, Hong Kong , Senate Committee on Teaching and Learning Quality, and Center for Enhanced Learning and Teaching, HKUST , 12 Dec. 2001, p. 125-127
Summary Giving Music lectures presents special challenges. The best way to teach music is to give private lessons on a musical instrument, starting in early childhood. But university students are already much older, and many have never studied music. So, of course, many don’t play musical instruments or read music. Since we don’t have the resources to give all the students private lessons, I developed a multimedia approach that crosses the border between Humanities and Technology, using PowerPoint slides, digital tapes, videotapes, musical scores, and live demos. The PowerPoint slides use exciting pictures, animations, music notation graphics, listening guides, and other graphics and beautiful backgrounds, first to teach music basics and then to present the music studied in the various music classes. These PowerPoint slides appear on the Web after each class as a study aid for the students. I have used this approach for three music classes, Music Appreciation, Music of the World and Computer Music. I find CD examples of music that I want to present in class, and synthesize other examples, and transfer them to digital tape collections to make them easier to play efficiently. Using the same idea, I make video collections from my personal collection, the collection in Media Resources and field recordings that I videotape on my holidays. Listening guides explain important parts of the music in “real time” while the music is playing. Other techniques include show and tell with live demos, often with me wearing costumes from the same country as the music presented, and surprises.
Language English
Format Conference paper
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