Michaelides, Pepy
A.90 | Wednesday, 18 July 2007, 15:00 - 15:30, Room A1
‘It is not always either black or white … there are shades of grey too!’
In recent years and currently, an emphasis has been given on interdisciplinary and/or multidisciplinary objectives entangling music and art in primary and secondary education in Cyprus. And although activities and projects involving both art forms within relevant creative frameworks have been encouraged, it seems that an intimate relationship between the two disciplines could be further explored. Hence, this paper draws upon the results of a number of research projects involving music and visual art in urban and rural areas in Cyprus. More specifically, it seeks to investigate the nature of the relationship between the two art forms based on philosophical, psychological and current cognitive neuroscience literature and in the light of the voices of the research participants (primary and secondary school pupils) and their products. A major conclusion that has further pedagogical and research implications (and these will be will be discussed in the presentation), has to do with the construction of meaning and the development of knowledge; this issue appears to be very important especially when considering the role of music and art education in schools in developing children’s personalities.
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