Date of Graduation

Summer 2008

Degree

Master of Music

Department

Music

Committee Chair

Guy Webb

Keywords

Kinesthetic movement, body awareness, choral rehearsal, vocal technique, eurhythmics

Subject Categories

Music

Abstract

The connection of movement and learning has been discussed in writings as early as Plato, and numerous studies from the past century have shown the correlation between physical movement and the brain processes. However, current teaching strategies still use practices that do not incorporate movement. In general music education, movement is often incorporated in the elementary level, but dropped as students reach middle school and high school. However, using a physical motion to teach a concept such as forward tone in a choral rehearsal not only places the sound instantly in the resonating chamber with success, it creates a muscle memory that allows that concept to be achieved over and over without verbal instruction. Students are generally more focused resulting in more efficient rehearsals. In addition, melodic and rhythmic notation is better understood, and textural and melodic elements and musical expression become more dramatic, while confidence and attitude improves. Incorporating kinesthetics into the secondary choral rehearsal enhances vocal technique and musicality.

Copyright

© Rebecca L. Atkins

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