By using a mixed-method approach, the aim of the project is to gather data over the project period on the status of individual musical self-conceptualizations and pre-existing adjustments. Particular research topics will be influences and affordances of digital music instruments as well as potential influences of general digital competences and instrumental expertise of the study participants on personal instrumental as well as playing concepts.  This may lead to questions about the compatibility to music educational knowledge domains as well as the demonstration of changes, continuities and oppositions influencing music educational actions. 

Main research foci are:

  • The changes of aesthetic experiences and the new offers or potentials for musical and creative expression in both perspectives, individually and collectively.
  • The fundamental consequences, potentials and requirements for professional music educational action and conditions of (post-)digital culture caused by these changes and
  • Formations of digital affirmation and skepticism of professional musicians and music teachers working with musical interfaces and technology.

The research project is part of the BMBF funded research cluster of the FAU Erlangen-Nuremburg and Leuphana University Luneburg about Musical Interface-Designs in youth cultural aesthetical and professional musical practices and non-formal settings in cultural education. The partner project  (FAU Erlangen-Nuremburg) is focusing on the specific meaning of post-digital and hybrid materiality of musical interface-designs for aesthetic, creative and artistic practices of contemporary youth cultures. By triangulating the results of both subprojects, not only a comparative perspective will be at hand, but also a thick description is able to depict the uses and usability of digital things for music making.

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