MMus University of Auckland 2016 Pages: 135

Music literacy, music braille, and audiation : towards a new pedagogy

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For the learner who is blind, becoming a fully literate musician requires a range of skills and abilities including a functional knowledge of music braille, and the ability to audiate, or to assimilate and comprehend musical features. Unfortunately, due to individual and environmental circumstances, access to appropriate teaching and learning in either music braille or audiation, is often met with challenges. This thesis seeks to establish a deeper understanding of the music learning needs of students who are blind, and the relationship between music literacy, music braille, and audiation. The key focus is to ascertain whether Gordon’s Music Learning Theory (MLT) is an appropriate framework for a developing music braille pedagogy and a music braille curriculum...

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