Hand2Hand and Dot2Dot: developing instruments for the music classroom

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This article explores the process of developing new software musical instruments for use in the Key Stage 2 (primary pupils aged between 7 and 11 years) and Key Stage 3 (secondary pupils aged between 11 and 14 years) music classrooms. It considers the process of instrument design, educational application and use through case studies drawn from the project's two distinct stages. It reflects on aspects related to instrument design, associated instrumental technique and learner motivation. It highlights the concept of infra-instruments as a potential way forward for further research and development, but emphasizes that a careful exploration of the performance ecology of the classroom (or other contexts for learning) is vital if musical performance tools are going to have the desired educational and musical impact.

Keywords: (new) instrument; gaming; musical learning; musical performance; notation; pedagogy

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/jmte.2.2-3.141_1

Affiliations: Manchester Metropolitan University.

Publication date: December 1, 2009

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  • The Journal of Music, Technology and Education (JMTE) explores the issues concerning the use of technology in music education. It examines pedagogy at all levels and across genres such as composition, musicology, performance and music production. It is the only journal specifically dedicated to the educational aspects of music technology and the technological aspects of music. Peer-reviewed, with an international editorial board, JMTE aims to draw its contributions from a broad community of educators, researchers and practitioners who are working closely with new technologies in the fields of music education and music technology education.
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