Images of Learning through Music: The Sounds of Cognition

Ritchie, L. (2020) Images of Learning through Music: The Sounds of Cognition. International Journal of Management and Applied Research (IJMAR), 7 (3). pp. 257-266. ISSN 2056-757X

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This innovative practice uses classical string instruments as the tools, and music as the medium for exploring learning new and complex tasks. In a face-to-face setting people experience playing violins, violas, and cellos as their learning is guided by visual and aural imagery, enabling engagement with complex cognitive and affective concepts through what appears to be play. By accessing concept knowledge directly through representation and then experience, the need for translation of technical or theoretical material is bypassed. The progressive introduction of mental and physical skills actively illustrates the cumulative impact of the cognitive, the coordination, and the interactive demands of playing the instruments. Active reflection in and on the experience of playing a musical instrument, working collaboratively, and allowing and enjoying public learning (and failure) is contextualised in terms of people’s self-efficacy beliefs, their attitudes toward learning and skill development, and the relevant transferability of these realised and learned ideas to their personal work and life situations.

Publication Type: Articles
Additional Information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Experiential Learning, Self-Efficacy, Metacognition, Reflection, Imagery
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
M Music and Books on Music > MT Musical instruction and study
Divisions: Academic Areas > Conservatoire
Depositing User: Laura Ritchie
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2020 10:58
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2020 10:58

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