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Medierande verktyg i körledarpraktik – en studie av arbetssätt och handling i körledning med barn och unga.

Bygdéus, Pia LU (2015) 20.
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Title: Mediating tools in the practice of choir directors – a study of working approaches and actions

in choral conducting with children and youth.



Abstract: In Sweden, approximately 5 % of the population sing in a choir or a singing group which means that about 500 000 people plus a number of choral conductors regularly meet in choir related practices.

The aim of the present study is to describe, verbalize and make visible the mediating tools used by choir directors working with children and youth. The study is qualitative in character: four choir directors were observed closely while working with their children and youth choirs. They also took part in semi-structured interviews. The empirical data... (More)
Title: Mediating tools in the practice of choir directors – a study of working approaches and actions

in choral conducting with children and youth.



Abstract: In Sweden, approximately 5 % of the population sing in a choir or a singing group which means that about 500 000 people plus a number of choral conductors regularly meet in choir related practices.

The aim of the present study is to describe, verbalize and make visible the mediating tools used by choir directors working with children and youth. The study is qualitative in character: four choir directors were observed closely while working with their children and youth choirs. They also took part in semi-structured interviews. The empirical data material consists of observation notes, reflective writing, individual interviews, focus conversations, videotapes and stimulated recall interviews.

The results demonstrate that the role of the choir director is complex. When working with a choir, choir directors often use several aspects of their professional role. Analysed from a sociocultural perspective, the result points at eight categories of working approaches: (a) A listening attitude towards the choir, with the music in focus; (b) a variation in ways of working with the choir; (c) the use of musical routines; (d) the choir director acting as a role model in shaping musical expression with the group; (e) a concentrated cooperation with the choir through short and expressive commands and instructions; (f) reflection in practice by planning and self-evaluation; (g) storytelling, which results in memory training, stimulation of the imagination and the sharing of common experience, and (h) the use of target images expressed as visions, goals or jointly stated, communicated targets. These categories are generated through the analysis of the choir directors’ actions and activities in their work with the choirs. This is situated in choir singing as a social and cultural practice. The participants display great individual variation in their choices of strategies for communication and in their decision-making when working with children’s and youth choirs. A large variety of cultural and mediating tools are used. The working approaches and mediating tools become available in a social, situated and cultural practice.

In conclusion, choral conducting with children and youth involves a great variety of negotiations and renegotiations of working approaches and mediating tools. (Less)
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  • Associated Professor Haugland Balsnes, Anne, Ansgar Høgskole, Norway
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published
subject
keywords
choir leadership, choral education, choral conducting, mediating tools, working approaches, sociocultural perspective
categories
Higher Education
volume
20
publisher
Malmö Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts, Lund University
defense location
Malmö Academy of Music, Ystadvägen 25, 214 45, Malmö
defense date
2015-12-09 10:00
ISSN
1404-6539
ISBN
978-91-982297-2-1
language
Swedish
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yes
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b6d90ff3-b561-4ce7-885d-380961dca6a4 (old id 8166397)
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2015-11-05 12:34:50
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2016-09-19 08:44:49
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  abstract     = {Title: Mediating tools in the practice of choir directors – a study of working approaches and actions<br/><br>
in choral conducting with children and youth.<br/><br>
<br/><br>
Abstract: In Sweden, approximately 5 % of the population sing in a choir or a singing group which means that about 500 000 people plus a number of choral conductors regularly meet in choir related practices. <br/><br>
The aim of the present study is to describe, verbalize and make visible the mediating tools used by choir directors working with children and youth. The study is qualitative in character: four choir directors were observed closely while working with their children and youth choirs. They also took part in semi-structured interviews. The empirical data material consists of observation notes, reflective writing, individual interviews, focus conversations, videotapes and stimulated recall interviews.<br/><br>
The results demonstrate that the role of the choir director is complex. When working with a choir, choir directors often use several aspects of their professional role. Analysed from a sociocultural perspective, the result points at eight categories of working approaches: (a) A listening attitude towards the choir, with the music in focus; (b) a variation in ways of working with the choir; (c) the use of musical routines; (d) the choir director acting as a role model in shaping musical expression with the group; (e) a concentrated cooperation with the choir through short and expressive commands and instructions; (f) reflection in practice by planning and self-evaluation; (g) storytelling, which results in memory training, stimulation of the imagination and the sharing of common experience, and (h) the use of target images expressed as visions, goals or jointly stated, communicated targets. These categories are generated through the analysis of the choir directors’ actions and activities in their work with the choirs. This is situated in choir singing as a social and cultural practice. The participants display great individual variation in their choices of strategies for communication and in their decision-making when working with children’s and youth choirs. A large variety of cultural and mediating tools are used. The working approaches and mediating tools become available in a social, situated and cultural practice. <br/><br>
In conclusion, choral conducting with children and youth involves a great variety of negotiations and renegotiations of working approaches and mediating tools.},
  author       = {Bygdéus, Pia},
  isbn         = {978-91-982297-2-1},
  issn         = {1404-6539},
  keyword      = {choir leadership,choral education,choral conducting,mediating tools,working approaches,sociocultural perspective},
  language     = {swe},
  publisher    = {Malmö Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts, Lund University},
  school       = {Lund University},
  title        = {Medierande verktyg i körledarpraktik – en studie av arbetssätt och handling i körledning med barn och unga.},
  volume       = {20},
  year         = {2015},
}