UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)

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Weekly music interaction sessions for persons with intellectual disabilities

Joyce Lim. This case study explores weekly music interaction sessions at a home for the intellectually disabled for adults. Results indicate that the residents enjoy the music sessions and express it in their own ways – some of them display it through active participation while most of them simply had smiles of joy on their faces. They respond in their capacity and also meet objectives of developing social, motor and listening skills. More significantly, over the years the trainer could see that involvement in music sessions was beneficial as it helped to increase the residents’ self-esteem, which in turn contributes to improving the quality of their lives.

Free improvisation; Life expression

Ng Hoon Hong. This auto-ethnographic study seeks the value, position and possibilities of free improvisation in the musical field. It explores how embodied knowledge, dialectical exchanges, emotional and intellectual stimulation constructs and reconstructs experiences in various contexts for the free improviser, who is both researcher and actual piano performer. This is done by experiencing and reflecting on the connections and interactions between different aspects and events in free improvisation, seen here as a phenomenon for varied, multiple processes individualized by one’s adopted style, culture and character. The research suggests a shift towards a more holistic and integral paradigm for experiencing and understanding music through free improvisation as a process in life.

A Study of trainee teachers’ engagement in popular music ensembles: implications for practice in the formal music classroom in Singapore

Wu Mei Hui. This qualitative study explored the experiences and processes of NIE music trainee teachers’ engagement within a pop band ensemble and examine how this engagement might benefit them in their future role as classroom teachers. The methodology includes individual trainee teachers’ reflections on the music sessions, transcripts of interviews, partial transcripts of the practice sessions as well as interviews with the facilitator who oversaw the beginning of this ensemble and its progress toll present. The engagement in this pop music ensemble shed light on the benefits for music trainee teachers in terms of practical popular music skills in music-making. It further challenges the participants towards appreciating popular music, their autonomy as music learners and their capacity to work cooperatively together without instructional guidance.

Music education for mature adults: An alternative music teaching pedagogy though Karaoke in Singapore

Chua Yi Fang. This study is an investigation of a mature adults’ Karaoke class aimed to shed light on alternative music teaching pedagogies and musical activities of older citizens. The findings suggest alternative pedagogical methods in which music educators may deliver and order music teaching to increase the level of music literacy and musical engagement with mature adults. This study invokes much thought about developing a comprehensible and accessible music teaching and learning framework for the elderly.

13 October 2010
Music Room NIE3-02-07 National Institute of Education, 1 Nanyang Walk

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