The Aesthetics of Music and Sound -              

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


Project Descriptions



3. Learning through Music


e) Creating Creativity



In 2011, Anne Helle Jespersen produced the set of teaching materials, Rhythmical Building Blocks – from J.S. Bach to James Brown together with co-author Marc Bernstein, saxophonist, composer and educator. The book includes a CD and it is aimed at music teaching in primary schools. It presents principles and tools, however, that can be used in a variety of music teaching situations and institutions.

Aspects of this project:

a) the main purpose of the book which is to stimulate children and young people through rhythmical music to be creative, artistic and intuitive

b) her role as a communicator and “cultural translator” of the work and teaching of an artist

c) the collaboration between artists, higher schools of music in Denmark i.e. music conservatories, and the public school system.


Rytmiske Byggesten. Fra J.S.Bach til James Brown
Book incl. cd (80 pages, 22 tracks)



(Anne Helle Jespersen)



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Institute for the Study of Culture

Institut for Kulturvidenskaber (IKV)


Research Director for

The Aesthetics of

Music and Sound


Editor and Webmaster for

Cynthia M. Grund





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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