UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)

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Journal: 
Asia-Pacific Journal for Arts Education
Name(s) of Author/Editor(s): 
Sam Leong
Refereed: 
Yes
Volume No.: 
3
Issue No.: 
1
Year of publication: 
2005
Country of publication: 
Hong Kong
Country of Research Data: 
Australia
Language: 
English
Abstract: 
Many musical instruments have been invented over the past centuries without the input of expert music educators and pedagogues. Designs of musical instruments have largely been limited by the available technologies of the time, and most were designed long before ergonomics were known, let alone considered to be important.  Matters pertaining to the human physiology, performance techniques and musical expressivity have not been major considerations. This paper argues that it is time music educators become involved in creating musical instruments for the new millennium. Three aspects of design that could serve as a basis for possible establishment of standards to compare and contrast the potential learnability, ergonomic risk, and expressiveness of musical instruments are presented.
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