a pedagogical approach to creativity
Fonofone essentially aims to develop the student’s creativity and imaginary, without the constraint of musical training nor the study of an instrument. Our approach relies on an intuitive exploration and doing, theoretical information coming a posteriori. The professor helps the student to be aware of his discoveries, to name and integrate them within his vocabulary. Consequently, this will enable the student to reuse this knowledge consciously towards attaining precise musical objectives.
Fonofone is adaptable to all age groups, from toddlers to adults, and also meets the expectations of the curious and creative individual’s mind. It is simultaneously a tool for creation and sound exploration, in addition to being a chamber music instrument which finds its purpose and interest through group collaboration. Fonofone incorporates all sounds instead of using only the ones generated by traditional musical instruments. It relies essentially upon perception: all sounds carry music, if we just listen carefully.
The application fonofone enables us to explore, to “sculpt” sounds from the libraries available or recorded by ourselves with the many processing tools offered. We refine our ear and develop our curiosity and imagination. It opens us to the art music of our time and allows us to learn (or re-learn) how to listen to the world of sounds surrounding us.
Fonofone is both a mini-studio and an instrument for live performance. First, there is the creation phase where we collectively agree on the choice of sounds as well as the shape which will take the piece. Then there is the performance phase where Fonofone transforms the iPad in a chamber instrument. Here, we learn how to integrate well within an ensemble, to follow the conductor’s instructions. We acquire open-mindness, a sense of responsability and attention, thoroughness, discipline, respect of others whilst developing group solidarity.
It is very important to have critical reading of the musical gesture which we just made together : « What do you think of this? » The answer usually goes a little bit like this : « It was cool ». We need to push their answers with the help of specific questions: « Do you think the entrance was well executed? »... « Do you feel that sounds x and y work well together? »... We only need to open the door and students emerge from their timidity: critical comments and propositions flow. This way, we develop the capacity to appreciate and the concern for doing things properly.
We are currently working on an online interactive platform dedicated to teachers who would like to integrate Fonofone's pedagogical approach to their teachings!
This platform will include:
- Pedagogical material including music sheets, many ideas for games and exercises, etc. ;
- A space for exchanging and sharing informations and creations ;
- Application "Maestro" to lead your orchestra of Fonofonists ;
- And many more!
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