Monday, January 10, 2011

The "Musical Gesture" and Expressivity

Understanding the "meaning" of the gestures (or strokes) used in haptic integration, especially given the fact that most instruction is done to music (either rhythm-coordinated or as backgrounding), is an essential exercise. The movements in the visual field are certainly related to what  Kuhl, in his semiotic treatment refers to as "musical gesture," that is gesture that carries some inherent, implied meaning but is substantially bound to or interpreted through the expressive meaning of the discourse. In other words, we are accountable for the often subliminal meaning added by the pedagogical gesture that we employ.

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