Teaching performance in performative arts. Video conference in higher music education

Mie Buhl, Rikke Ørngreen, Karin Levinsen

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Video Conferencing (VC) is becoming an increasing teaching practice in Danish higher education. As the use of VC becomes more common, challenges emerge that affects both the participants’ experience of space and time - also called telepresence. The notion of telepresence exposes how the spatial and temporary processes of which the teaching-learning relations take place are performed in new ways.
When the performing art of music is taught on a distance, the phenomenon of performativity also materializes in new ways: in the dialogue between teachers and learners; due to the technical possibilities; as well as in the separation of being together in a virtual room put apart in physical room (what we identify as the third room). The music teacher must find new ways of facilitating the performative aspects of practising music. A teaching practice of narration, metaphors and dramatization appears to be an effective mode of helping the student to play, interpret and perform. This finding was revealed from a project, we conducted together with the Royal Danish Academy of Music (RDAM) and their international partners in the US from 2010-13.
Our study Telepresence as educational practice is based on teaching and learning in the domain of world excellence advanced music education. We draw on action design involving specially designed teaching scenarios with experienced teachers who (at first) were novices to VC-based learning. The instruments involved are piano, cello and vocalists. In this presentation the study is discussed from a performative perspective addressing materiality and time of videoconferences as constructing a notion of processing videoconferences in the third room.

Publikationsdato27 sep. 2013
Antal sider1
StatusUdgivet - 27 sep. 2013
BegivenhedPerformativity, Materiality and Time in Pedagogy - Aalborg University Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Danmark
Varighed: 27 sep. 201329 sep. 2013
Konferencens nummer: 5


KonferencePerformativity, Materiality and Time in Pedagogy
LokationAalborg University Copenhagen


  • VIdeo conference
  • Higher Music Education
  • teaching
  • telepresence


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