Back to the Basics: an Instrumental Pedagogy Paradigm Shift

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BACK TO THE BASICS: AN INSTRUMENTAL PEDAGOGY PARADIGM SHIFT by Jaime Santucci “Musician Con Fuoco” May 2012

Copyright © 2012 Jaime Santucci MusicianConFuoco.com. All Rights Reserved.

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Introduction This paper proposes a new approach, or a new paradigm if you will, to instrumental instruction that combines the foundational principles of language, singing, and psychophysics (awareness of physiology and psychology). I argue that instrumental pedagogy and methodology should necessarily introduce, or in some cases reintroduce, the basic skills in question, using disciplines at every level of instruction. Below, I introduce the skills in question. Those same skills are often the offending skills when taken as parts instead of a whole and when ill-instructed. I introduce the skills using flute pedagogy as a demonstrative example, and discuss why their combined and concurrent application can develop instrumental students more holistically. I see deficiency in current instrumental instruction methods because they seem opposite to the human experience. We are all exposed to language and singing from birth, and on some level we gain awareness of physiology and psychology. Yet the fact that our early lives combine these experience naturally seems lost on traditional instrumental pedagogy. Linguistics, vocal, and pyschophysical instruction usually are taught as completely separate entities. A new, more holistic paradigm would result from changing the instrumental instructional methodology by applying the Natural LEarning Process and Perceptual-Motor Learning. Three correlated modi operandi could include the integration and basic study of human physiology and psychology, vocal study, and phonology of French (or other language relevant per instrument).

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