Exploring the use of images to construct musical meaning about concepts of music

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Weekes, Patricia. (2013). Exploring the use of images to construct musical meaning about concepts of music. In B Merrick and D Forrest (Ed.). Redefining the musical landscape: Inspired learning and innovation in music education. Australia: Australian Society for Music Education. pp. 220 - 226
AuthorsWeekes, Patricia

In high stakes testing in the final year of secondary schooling in New South Wales, music students from diverse backgrounds create examination answers using language and image to represent meaning about the concepts of music. This paper focuses on the ways in which musical meaning is created through images, including pitch contours, rhythm notation, texture scores, tables and graphs. This article argues that images are highly efficient and effective exam techniques for committing sophisticated and detailed meaning about concepts of music. Also, images help create a ‘meta’ perspective on the music as a whole, as well as enabling perception of tiny moments, or the flow of unfolding music. Consequently, general musical meaning about principles of composition like unity and contrast can be construed along with more particular meanings related to musical events. Analysis of these affordances shows the value of images in aural examinations and as meaning-making resources in music education.

Keywordsnon-traditional notation; pitch contour; graphs; tables
PublisherAustralian Society for Music Education
Web address (URL)https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=717595544645013;res=IELHSS
Page range220 - 226
Research GroupSchool of Education
Place of publicationAustralia
EditorsB Merrick and D Forrest
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