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Cross-Disciplinary Interplay between the Humanities, Technology and Musical Practice    


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3. Learning through Music


d) Community Singing and/or Ideology


Community Singing has been a crucial part of the music culture in Danish public life in the last 200 years. Many associations and societies have used songs and singing as a way of creating identity and purpose within the context of the nation’s democracy. For children, community singing has been an important part of their education through schools and choirs. Learning the songs has been an easy way to make and impact upon children and give them an understanding of Danish history and culture with or without ideological  connotations. There has been  antipathy against community singing in public schools in the last 40 years because of the suspicion of negative ideological influence. In the last 5 years, though, there has been a great wish to renew community singing and give children a new joyful experience of singing. At the same time, however,  it has been difficult to deal with the old heritage and the resistance against it. The purpose of this research is to investigate the problems raised by the issue of community singing in Danish public life today, and to determine how this problem is solved in schools and in songbooks.  


(Peter Edlef Nissen is an alumnus of The Aesthetics of Music and Sound. This description serves as documention of Peter Edlef Nissen's research role in the program when he was an active member.)



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1.Understanding Music through Modern Technology

a) Recognizing Music

b) Recognition of Expressive Styles in Music Performance

c) Autonomous Agents – An Accompanist in VR

d) The Composition and Its Role in the Ensemble

2. Intermediality

a) Intermediality

b) Lyric and Meaning in Music

c) Towards an Aesthetic Theory of Correlativity

d) Are Treatments of the Metaphysics of Music in Medieval Literature Relevant for Current Theories of Musical Meaning and Significance?

3. Learning through Music

a) Music Communication

b) Children's Knowledge Creation with Intelligent Agents in Music Education - Understanding for Optimizing Motivations

c) Adaptable Interfaces & Augmented Avatar - Introducing Tools for the Disabled and Musicians in VR

d) Community Singing and/or Ideology

e) Creating Creativity

f) Understanding Musical Creativity and Aesthetics in a Digital-Based Youth Cultural Context

g) The Sound of Movement - the Sound of Learning

4. Practice-based Research

a) Analysis and Implementation of Practice-Based Research

b) Relationship of Gesture to Communicative Authenticity in Performance

c) Musical Implications of the Work of Selected Philosophers

d) Employing the Methods of Discourse Narrative to Support Interpretive Choices Faced by the Practicing Musician

e) Soundmapping the Genes

f) A Program of Practice-based Research Designed to Examine Listener Reaction to Olivier Messiaens Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jesus

g) The Interrelationship of Notation and Performance

h) Technological and Aesthetic Investigations of the Physical Movements of Pianists

5. Selective Bibliography