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By Keith Swanwick

Designed for all tune lecturers, this ebook presents an exam and research of the elemental options all in favour of track. It investigates questions corresponding to: what's song? Is track significant? Does song refine our emotions and feelings? if that is so, how? The dialogue of those questions kinds a conceptual framework which goals to encourage additional pondering and improvement in song schooling.

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It gives a framework for generating potential musical experiences, in the light of the two crucial principles of procedure indicated earlier, that teachers are trying for specific experiences but across a wide range of activities. Here we have the areas from which we draw the specific experiences that teachers must have concern for. At any particular moment we are bound to be active somewhere in C(L)A(S)P or not involved with music experience at all. But as teachers we are also concerned to activate experiences for pupils that cross and recross these five parameters, or at least some of them.

Most musicians and teachers would agree that music and emotions are somehow related, but to ask how they relate opens up a difficult terrain. And yet it is a crucial area for music education, for it is here, in the space between musical objects and human response, that teachers are at work, or should be. To make matters more difficult, the concept of emotion is very often harnessed to that of ‘expression’: ‘Music expresses emotion’ ‘We can express emotions through music’. We read that ‘some children will express themselves in art, others in writing, others in music’, or ‘we do not know ourselves until we express ourselves’.

17 …whenever a receiver of poetry is seriously moved by an apparently simple line, what are moving in him are the traces of a great part of his past experience and of the structure of his past judgements. This re-alignment and fusion of various remembered experiences, the play of schemata, would seem to be at the root of the most powerfully felt aesthetic experience. It is an experience made from traces of past events, the old seen in new ways. The central point is that the experience is new, although it is compounded of elements of each individual’s past life.

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