Technology and Group Teaching

Authored by: Cynthia Stephens-Himonides , Martha Hilley

The Routledge Companion to Music, Technology, and Education

Print publication date:  December  2016
Online publication date:  January  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138921382
eBook ISBN: 9781315686431
Adobe ISBN: 9781317415138


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Music-making in groups—choirs, orchestras, chamber music, bands, drum circles—brings together individuals to collaborate, communicate and critically listen in order to produce a musical performance. Rehearsals of such groups could be viewed as group teaching by the conductor, facilitator or by members of the group (e.g. piano trio) with the shared goal of a group performance. Although music-making itself often takes place in groups, music learning with the goal of individual performance skills has typically relied on the one-to-one (or master/apprentice) structure found firmly situated in pre-tertiary through conservatoire and university tuition. There have been appearances of master classes (teaching one student while others observe) to teach music performance skills in instrumental and vocal studios over the past two centuries, although teachers do not exclusively utilize these. This chapter examines group instrumental instruction of individual performance skills, with a focus on keyboard teaching, and the role technology has played in supporting the efficacy and effectiveness of the group teaching and learning context.

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