‘Play it by ear’ – teachers’ responses to ear-playing tasks during one to one instrumental lessons

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Varvarigou, M. 2014. ‘Play it by ear’ – teachers’ responses to ear-playing tasks during one to one instrumental lessons. Music Education Research. 16 (4), pp. 471-484. https://doi.org/10.1080/14613808.2013.878326
AuthorsVarvarigou, M.
Abstract

This paper reports findings from the Ear Playing Project (EPP) in relation to the teaching strategies that 15 instrumental teachers adopted during one-to-one instrumental lessons whilst helping their students to copy music by ear from a recording. Overall, the teachers used a variety of strategies including singing and humming along with or without the recording, asking questions, and giving verbal explanation and positive feedback. By the end of the project the teachers indicated that the project showed them a new and enjoyable way to introduce aural-training tasks, it helped them develop their own confidence in ear-playing and it gave them the opportunity to observe and assess their students’ needs more carefully. The benefits for the students included greater enjoyment during instrumental lessons, development of aural and improvisation skills and greater confidence in instrumental playing.

Year2014
JournalMusic Education Research
Journal citation16 (4), pp. 471-484
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN1461-3808
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/14613808.2013.878326
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Online20 Jan 2014
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Deposited21 Sep 2016
Accepted05 Apr 2013
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