Using the genre of Improvisational theatre as a basis, my current research aims to design instructional strategies that would help students enhance their expressive skills and achieve the flexibility to adapt their motor behaviour to the musical piece, in order to communicate their intentions effectively to an audience.
The importance of learning to create an expressive performance is a consistently discussed topic in music education. However, how musicians can purposefully use their bodies to communicate those expressive intentions convincingly and effectively, or how they ultimately develop or enhance their “expressiveness” is still understudied (Karlsson & Juslin, 2008; Meissner, 2021).
By inviting participants to embody diverse characters and physicalities, as well as affective states or fictional realities that they links to the musical piece through Improvisational theatre exercises, this research also seeks to gain understanding of the effect this type of training may have on their performance experience, as well as its implications in other areas of their development.
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