Introduction & acknowledgements
Introduction: Creative Pedagogy for the 21st Century
The material presented here constitutes a handbook on using digital technology in the vocal studio and in the practice room. This collection is based on the premise that vocal pedagogy appropriate to the 21st century integrates current information and the possibilities of new methods with traditional teaching based on the teacher-student relationship.
The information was gathered during a Europe-wide 2-year project in which EVTA aimed at defining useful technology, evaluating it and making it accessible to teachers and students of all kinds in practical and theoretical lectures. Resource persons and participants involved in the project have made their presentations, their own findings and reports available to a wider community in this open format. The material is not definitive but tries to present an initial and developing overview of available information, current practices, advice and experience. Most of the material is in English, which was the working language of the project. Contributions in other European languages, mainly German and French have been made available in section HBK8.
Since available material continues to appear, this is intended to be an ongoing resource. It is our goal to try to keep this material as up-to-date as time and energy allows. Additions, comments, translations, suggestions or corrections may be submitted at any time. Further contributions including case studies, new and exciting Internet resources, software, APPS, etc. are most welcome.
Additional project material is available either on this website or at the EST website of the European Union.
Thanks to the Leonardo da Vinci Life Long Learning Grant (2010-2012) EVTA was able to offer workshop sessions, vocal pedagogy weeks, interdisciplinary forums and develop a new website. Furthermore, the 2012 Eurovox congress was held in Munich.
These sessions resulted in the collection of articles, presentations and reports presented here. At the outset of the project, the EVTA Council clearly expressed the wish for the format of publication to be via Internet, that is digital, easily accessible, open and ongoing. It is in this spirit that it is presented here. EVTA acknowledges and wishes to thank all contributors, who have generously consented to publication in this format.
Editing and presentation:
Prof. Norma Enns
Past President EVTA
Dr. Scott S. Swope
Past Vice-President, past Treasurer & Webmaster