Japanese Special High School Students' Reflections on 9-11: Reflective Practice of Violin Group Instruction

Shizuka Sutani (Fukuoka Women's Junior College, Japan) and Taichi Akutsu (Seisa University Japan, & Shujitsu University, Japan)
Copyright: © 2019 |Pages: 48
EISBN13: 9781522598749|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-8042-3.ch003
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In this study, the authors describe the reflective practices of a violin group instruction session that evolved into a mixed ensemble lesson in which the participants at a Japanese special high shared thoughts and feelings about the 9-11 terrorist attack in New York City. The lesson originally planned for a group violin instruction; however, the students and teacher co-created and arranged the lessons into a mixed ensemble practice in order to share their thoughts concerning the disaster victims. While students were learning the violins, T, by coincidence, found a lyric along with chord progression indicated on a sheet of paper set on a music stand in the corner of the classroom. The name of the song was “Hanamizuki,” the popular Japanese song by Yo Hitoto dedicated to the victims of 9-11. This chapter presents how the teacher's reflective practice and students' active involvement co-created the contents of the class and made an unexpected connection through a song they learned about 9-11.
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