Enhancing students' experience in music composition through music notation software

Tang, Pan-Hang Benny 2006, Enhancing students' experience in music composition through music notation software, Australian online journal of arts education, vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 1-16.

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Title Enhancing students' experience in music composition through music notation software
Author(s) Tang, Pan-Hang Benny
Journal name Australian online journal of arts education
Volume number 2
Issue number 3
Start page 1
End page 16
Publisher Deakin University, School of Education
Place of publication Burwood, Vic.
Publication date 2006-10-24
ISSN 1833-1505
Summary A project was undertaken in a Hong Kong primary school to investigate the role of music notation software in leaching music composition. The project was divided into three stages. During the first stage, appropriate hardware equipment and software applications were installed in the school music room, and four teaching plans were developed on the models and strategies derived from findings in the local and international literature. During the second stage, these teaching plans were implemented in Grade One, Grade Three, Grade Five and Grade Six classes of the school. During the third stage, the effectiveness of these teaching activities was evaluated by comparing the experiences from the second stage to the corresponding findings from similar projects undertaken in other Hong Kong primary schools, as well as to findings from the international literature. The results demonstrated that tile visual and audio stimulation created by computer"based technology can motivate students to successfully engage in music composition. Moreover, computer"based technology provides an opportunity for students to compose music in an atonal idiom. However, a large number of students were unable to demonstrate the concept of structural design in their musical products, and one of the findings from this investigation was that teachers need to be more purposeful in their teaching by directing students to employ the technique of repetition of interesting musical fragments or phrases in order to achieve a sense of unity in their pieces.
Language eng
Field of Research 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Deakin University
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