A cappella ear training: bringing theory and aural skills together via singing in a jazz program environment

Russell, Helen (2017) A cappella ear training: bringing theory and aural skills together via singing in a jazz program environment. Australian Journal of Music Education, 51 (2). pp. 20-28. ISSN 0004-9484

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As jazz study has become an established branch of the tertiary music landscape, disquiet has arisen in some quarters about the 'mechanical' way in which improvisation is taught. This study examined the ways in which singing in an a cappella harmony group affected the improvisational abilities of tertiary level jazz students. Over three semesters, students participated in a method developed by the author known as 'A cappella Ear Training' (AET). AET was used to test the author's assumption that learning to sing in harmony with other voices and without recourse to the mechanics of any instrument would improve the ability of the students to internalize the theoretical information with which they were being presented in all areas of the course. The research used a qualitative approach, and drew on data generated through participant-observation and interview techniques. Students were observed throughout the course, with the author making field notes on the practice of the class session. Further interviews with some participants were conducted to ascertain the students' perception of the AET approach. Analysis of the data confirmed that AET enabled the development of a theoretically informed practice whereby the participating students came to recognize concepts in practice and performance.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Submitted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2018 03:07
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2018 04:15
Uncontrolled Keywords: cappella; improvisation; jazz
Fields of Research : 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190407 Music Performance
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/35078

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