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Expressivity comes from your soul: A questionnaire study of music students' perspectives on expressivity
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2003 (English)In: RESEARCH STUDIES IN MUSIC EDUCATION, ISSN 1321-103X, no 20, 23-47 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Much has been written about expressivity by philosophers, composers, musicologists, and psychologists, but little is known about how the musicians of tomorrow – music students – approach this subject. This paper reports an exploratory study in which 135 students from music conservatories in three countries (England, Italy, Sweden) filled out a questionnaire that addressed four themes: (a) conceptualizing expressivity, (b) expressivity in everyday practice, (c) expressivity in music teaching, and (d) novel teaching strategies. The results suggest that students define expressivity mainly in terms of communicating emotions and "playing with feeling". Expressive skills are regarded as highly important by students, and they would like to practice more on expressivity than is currently the case. However, most students are skeptical toward using computers in teaching of expressivity since they cannot see how such applications could work. The results suggest that expressivity deserves more attention in music education than has hitherto been the case.

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2003. no 20, 23-47 p.
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music performance, expression, music education, questionnaire, attitudes
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-43092OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-43092DiVA: diva2:70996
Available from: 2006-12-13 Created: 2006-12-13 Last updated: 2011-01-13

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