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Weinberg, Gil

Playpens, Fireflies and Squeezables: New Musical Instruments for Bridging the Thoughtful and the Joyful


Leonardo Music Journal: Vol. 12. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press: 43-51.

In this article, the author discusses research in music cognition and education indicating that novices and untrained students perceive and learn music in a fundamentally different manner than do expert musicians. Based on these studies, he suggests implementing high-level musical percepts and constructionist learning schemes in new expressive musical instruments that would provide thoughtful and joyful musical activities for novices and experts alike. The author describes several instruments-the Musical Playpen, Fireflies and Squeezables - that he has developed in an effort to provide novices with access to rich and meaningful musical experiences and recounts observations and interviews of subjects playing these instruments.

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Monday 20 March 2006, by Rob Weale