Meeting with James Scanlon to present my developments of my project. James has a background in Games development so I needed to be clear in my approach with key terms.
Overall it went well, partly because I learnt what to have ready in advance and the idea was really fixed in my head.
Where have I taken inspiration from?
Research books along the subjects of Madrigal, Teaching methods, Accessibility all the key words and in a way they have come together to highlight what is key for me as an individual.
Emotion. The design of the proposal was important in making sure I am motivated to carry out the workload in the new year. My knowledge of the Madrigal from previous experience together with acknowledging what teaching experience I do have from over the years make the task less scary. Like klling two birds with the one stone. I really feel more comfortable now that the plans or what we think will happen are now set out for review.
Where ideas came from:
What key figures have been doing research on the Madrigal? ….(Fellowes, Ongaro, Owens and Scott)
What key figures have been doing research on accessibility?
What key figures have been doing research on the teaching adults (andragogy)?
Everything has to work: My plan helps outline or iron out any issues that may occur but by linking with expertise and knowing my weaknesses I can make sure there are backs up in place.
Mapping out all the variables. All the things that influence what is to happen all the key factors to bare in mind help give a better idea of what is to come.
Jamie speaks of being fully immersed in the flow of the Project. The background research, primary and secondary as well as being engaged in learning about research techniques has made me fully immersed in the project to a state where several elements can change if need be. He talks of a Collaborative Project.
- Question: can Drake be a part of this development? Are there any key people who can play a big part in helping me make this a success?
- Testing? The Drake teaching environment can help make the practice phase of the project easier and help iron out any issues that may occur on route.
Even though this research phase has been difficult I can now see that once I get into the doing part and eventually produce my seminal work or output It will be a great achievement.
James’s initial interpretation so far from what I presented:
- To encourage Adults to sing.
- To develop a framework from which the key elements come from.
- Judging reactions to Madrigals.
- To teach these people extended vocal techniques
- Look to other applications for ideas – How do we judge peoples reactions to stimuli ?!!!
Further research into this area in general outside the context of Madrigals would be of benefit.
Some of my current strategies for learning such as recording, documentation and note taking techniques can be applied to my testing methods with ease.
Thinking about the output:
A guide PDF for publication online made available to the masses. The content of which will be determined through the action of doing the practice element of the project.
James asked what is a Madrigal? I need to expand on making sure the basics are clear to all exposed to my work.
Extended techniques In Madrigal Singing? What are the elements? Any video clips or audio files for reference?
Getting feedback from a second opinion was valuable. Highlighting the importance of turning your Original Concept into your constructed idea. To justify how far you have got at this stage.
“I cant imagine anything scary from a Madrigal Choir?” James says with regard to the Ethics approval.
Venue – think of doing a Risk assessment. I had already planned to include this as my previous community music work has made me very aware of the need for this.
“Sounds like you’ve got a good grasp of the subject..Keep going." (James)
I do not feel I got the project concept across clearly enough in this session. What I should have conveyed was that even though I was fixed on the subject of the Madrigal before, having read a lot around research methods and my key words I see that it is not about the Madrigal that is important for me but the teaching and how people react to music of new or old forms such as the madrigal. This was a breakthrough for me because I now see how this project will benefit me and develop my ability to work in the community. It has changed its structure in a way that will benefit me in the future. (update reflection to post 01.12.14)