Examining meaningful engagement: Musicology and virtual music making environments

Dillon, Steven C. (2007) Examining meaningful engagement: Musicology and virtual music making environments. In ISLANDS - Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Musicological Societies, 22-25 November 2007, Brisbane. (Unpublished)



In the twenty- first -century music is being made in new ways in both real and virtual environments. This study builds on an ongoing examination of meaningful engagement in the production of music curriculum and experience design in music software and examines the adaptation of musicological strategies for research in these fields. The study reports upon the use of musicological analysis of both music making processes and communities that have been applied to the production of networked improvisational musical environments and community music projects. It advocates an exciting emergent role for musicology and ethnomusicology as a means of observing, evaluating and creating meaningful and engaging environments for music learning that enable interactive engagement with real and virtual musical worlds. The paper serves as the beginnings of a methodological meta study that examines a series of music projects involving youth community music and the effects of music making on social and cultural inclusion and the creation of Networked Improvisational Musical Environments. This project suggests a ‘contemporary musicianship’, which embraces the computer as instrument, the network as ensemble and cyberspace as venue. The paper focuses upon the implementation and adaptation of musicological strategies of musical analysis in software design and ethno-musicological methods for ethically observing and documenting mutli-cultural and urban Indigenous music communities. It is suggested that these methodologies and strategies that are inclusive of the artifacts and symbols systems common to music making practice should be used more in music education research than text and number based educational methods, which it is argued, filter the meaning inherent in music experience.

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ID Code: 13215
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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Keywords: Meaning, engagement, music, making, generative, eportfolios
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Musicology and Ethnomusicology (190409)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Australasian CRC for Interaction Design (ACID)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Steven C. Dillon
Deposited On: 31 Mar 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 10 May 2012 22:48

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