Date of Award
College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, Lamont School of Music
Kristin S. Taavola
Mitchell S. Ohriner
Embodiment, Music theory, Pedagogy, Violin
Violin playing promotes a connection between mind and body that allows the performer to internalize, or embody, tactile features of the instrument, such as the distance between strings, the feeling of the fingertips on the fingerboard, the interval size between notes, and many other aspects. This thesis designs a pedagogy that employs the violin’s physical attributes to provide the beginning through advanced player with a deeper understanding of music theory. The thesis suggests pairing of physical learning and musical theory at each stage of a violinist’s musical education. Chapter 1 surveys embodied cognition and cognitive artifacts. Chapter 2 applies these concepts to violin learning. The last three chapters design curricula to incorporate music theory teaching and embodiment into private lessons for beginning, intermediate, and advanced violin students.
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Morganne J. McIntyre
Received from ProQuest
McIntyre, Morganne J., "Music Theory Pedagogy for the Violin: Cognitive Philosophy and Three Model Curricula" (2022). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2063.
Music theory, Music education