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Use of Keyboard/Piano in the Teaching of Harmony

Project Type: Practitioner Inquiry
Discipline: Aesthetics
Duration: 02/2015 - TBD
Domain: Pedagogical Approaches


Students have traditionally viewed harmony (music theory) as a mechanistic exercise – they follow ‘rules’ of harmony without understanding why these rules were devised in the first place. It is also not known if students can ‘hear’ the notes that they compose/harmonise. It is a worrying trend when students divorce music (as a sonic phenomenon) with music notes – they do not have the ability to entirely appreciate what they have written. This project aims to find out if audiation aids in the harmonisation of a given bass/melodic line.

Research Personnel:

InvestigatorMr Benedict ChuaAesthetics
AdvisorMrs Leung Hui LengPeRL