This educational path focused on a study of the Canon form, and in particular how this could contribute to the development of a so-called “vertical” ear.
The development of the vertical ear means the ability to listen to oneself and others at the same time, becoming one with the soundscape and developing awareness of what is being produced.
This study offers the possibility to perform a fairly complex composition using a relatively simple practice. It goes without saying that this process is not immediate, since the matching of different voices to one’s own demands an auditory concentration that is difficult to achieve and can only be developed with constant practice and specific tasks.
Main phases of the Educational Planning
Study of simple melodies in unison and a gradual passage to the study of canons featuring several parts;
Recognition of simple structures and care over vocal emission and tuning; intonation of a melody, study of dynamics, pitching of intervals, rhythmic integration of the various parts.
To make use of this type of teaching method requires: a spacious classroom, a piano, and a tuning fork.
The skills, goals and training objectives selected by the teacher for this experience are shown below.
- Can recognize the technical characteristics of a piece of music and the difficulties to be overcome;
- Know their own characteristics which can be exploited and the limitations to be overcome in relation to the difficulties of performing the piece;
- Devise personal learning strategies;
- Recognize and relate the various sections of the song to be performed;
- Re-elaborate their own studies in a metacognitive way;
- Develop the ability to listen;
- Develop levels of autonomy in a vocal performance;
- Reproduce and re-elaborate a rhythmic-melodic sequence by intervening on the rhythmic, melodic, and dynamic aspects.