Music Theory and Musical Practice: Dichotomy or Entwining?

Posted on 01/02/2012 22:41

Lieven Strobbe and Hans Van Regenmortel contributed to the February 2012 issue of the Dutch Journal of Music Theory (Vol.17/No.1, Amsterdam University Press).

Music Theory and Musical Practice: Dichotomy or Entwining?

Abstract

Many colleagues in higher music education report their students mostly fail to integrate theoretical knowledge into practice. We think this problem is rooted in the use of notation-based off-time concepts for managing timed and embodied actions. As is the case with learning your mother tongue and learning about your mother tongue, the understanding of how music works should be rooted in creative practice. Music offers a wealth of starting points for discussing musical actions. These verbalizations gradually transform into common music theory.

 

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