The Teaching and Learning Institute organises a seminar series where National Teaching Fellows from the University of Huddersfield share their expertise and experience.
In this session on 27th April, Professor Michael Clarke talked about and demonstrated some of the interactive software for enhancing the teaching of music, which he has been involved in developing. Michael was awarded National Teaching Fellowship in 2011 and is Dean of the Graduate School; prior to taking up this role he was Director of Research in the School of Music, Humanities and Media.
Being involved in Music Technology, Michael’s work has always used technology as a means of producing sound. He has been keen to explore how technology can open up new possibilities and expand the range of options in teaching and research beyond what is possible using written and spoken text alone.
The challenges of teaching music and sound
Michael talked about how music is temporal, transitory, dynamic and evolving and how these characteristics do not lend themselves to the traditional fixed and static nature of graphics in subject textbooks. These issues can be addressed by interactive software where students can play around with live data and there is direct link to the audio and visuals of sound and music. Michael has been involved in developing software to use in teaching synthesis/processing, musicology skills and interactive aural analysis.
At the moment, Michael is working on the Technology and Creativity in Electroacoustic Music (TaCEM) project investigating the impact of technology on the creative processes of composing electroacoustic music. The project team consists of:
- Principal Investigator: Prof. Michael Clarke (CeReNeM, University of Huddersfield)
- Co-Investigator: Prof. Peter Manning (Durham University)
- Post Doctoral Research Assistant: Dr Frédéric Dufeu (CeReNeM, University of Huddersfield)
You can find out more at: http://www.hud.ac.uk/research/researchcentres/tacem/
Posted by Kathrine Jensen (@kshjensen), Research Assistant, Teaching and Learning Institute.
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