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(Inter)Mediation. Music – Mediation – Context

This focus area is dedicated to the interdisciplinary research and development of music mediation processes and activities.

The underlying definition of “mediation” is based on the broader English meaning as a (transformation) process in which music can also take on diverse forms through the addition of various analog and technical media: As a performance of sounding music, a movement, an acoustic event, a sound recording, a performance, a memory, an experience or much more. Music mediation is therefore understood not only as an institutionalized music-pedagogical endeavor in concert halls, but as an everyday process that takes place whenever people come into contact with music and actively or receptively interact with it. Thus, it can not only be described as a music-pedagogical practice with corresponding methods, media, goals and contents, but it also represents an interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary field of research that is open to different approaches and goals.

Within the scope of the focus area, a broad-based team drawing on sociology, mathematics/data science, psychology, medicine, geoinformatics, music education, composition, (systematic) musicology and music practice works to approach the field of music mediation empirically, hermeneutically and artistically.

The following scientific and artistic topics and research foci are in the foreground:

  • Statistical and geoinformatic collection and processing of data on the spatiotemporal distribution of music or musical practices in the city and province of Salzburg;
  • Music education in pedagogical institutions;
  • Mediation of contemporary music;
  • Music production, music reception, mediation in the cultural sector;
  • Musical socialization;
  • Music effects research: music – health – wellbeing, perception, understanding and experience of music in different, especially medical and pedagogical contexts.

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Research topics and priorities

The various scientific and artistic research projects involve empirical, hermeneutic and artistic methods. They each have a very specific reference to music mediation. While the “Salzburg Music Map” project focuses on the framework in which music and music mediation take place, “Schools@Concerts: Tuning up for the Music Experience” and “Free[...]space” are mediation projects that have been initiated and researched.

The projects “Music in Intermedial (Basic) Education” and “Music-Media Competence” focus on social factors and the competent use of new audiovisual media. “Contemporary Studies for ...” is an artistic project that aims to create new pieces suitable for teaching that can form the basis for successful music mediation in music schools.

Finally, “Art is a doctor” and “Choral singing in patients with Parkinson’s” are two projects located within the field of music impact research, in the context of which music mediation is used as a way of improving physical, psychological and social symptoms.

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Mag. Ingeborg Schrems
Programmreferentin

Bergstraße 12, Stiege 1 / 2. Stock, 5020 Salzburg
E: ingeborg.schrems@plus.ac.at
T: +43 (0)662/8044-2380