The Violin Studies for Beginners – in a Traditional Way or … ? (Laine Sepp, Airi Liimets)
Laine Sepp, Airi Liimets The Violin Studies for Beginners – in a Traditional Way or … ? Abstract This article presents what is referred to as living learning or discovery learning (designed inquiry science), as an approach to violin studies for beginners� Based on a description of the flaws in traditional violin studies and different violin schools in the world, a three- part action research was designed and conducted confirming that integrated violin and solfeggio teaching, an activity-based approach and group work are effective in violin stud- ies for beginners and motivating students� The action research was conducted by one of the authors, violin teacher Laine Sepp, with her students at the Kuressaare Music School� Keywords: traditional violin teaching, designed inquiry science, living and dead learning, action research, integrated violin and solfeggio teaching� Introduction There are 90 music schools currently in Estonia� According to the Standard for Hobby Education (Huviharidusstandard, 2007), one of the main goals for music schools is to provide opportunities for the comprehensive development of person- ality and to support young people in their development to become able members of society� The Hobby Schools Act (Huvikooli seadus, 2007) leaves every school significant freedom to compile their curricula� Nevertheless, one must add that in the practical activities of music schools, there have not been many changes since the Soviet era� One of those phenomena that has not changed are the controversies between different subject syllabi and the detachment of different subjects from each other that do not provide opportunities for the...
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