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The Pedagogic Functions of Demonstrative Experiments in J. A. Zahm’s Sound and Music

  • 인문논총
  • 2016, 40(), pp.5-27
  • Publisher : Institute for Human studies, Kyungnam University
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Published : June 30, 2016

KU JA HYON 1

1영산대학교

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ABSTRACT

A professor of physics at Notre Dame University, John A. Zahm’s Sound and Music, which was published in 1892, is a textbook aimed at teaching musical acoustics to the public and the future musicians. The most prominent feature of the lecture course is the frequent and earnest utilization of demonstrative experiments. By employing Kenneth Burke's pentadic method, this paper reveals that the main motive of the adoption of a variety of demonstrative experiments in Zahm’s lecture course of musical acoustics is to pursue the fusional pedagogy of science and music. Thepaper illustrates what pedagogic functions his presentation of demonstrative experiments serves in the fusional pedagogy: On the scientific side, experiments provide the audience with the teaching of conceptual terms, the teaching and proof of scientific statements, the falsification of theories, the delivery of experimenting skills, the confirmation of hypotheses by analogy, and the approximate proof of quantitative laws And on the musical side, they simultaneously provide the audience with the practical knowledge for discriminating musical sounds as well as the theoretical knowledge of musical principles and the working principles of musical instruments. Therefore the textbook, which provides a exemplar for the fusional pedagogy of science and music, is a useful material for STEAM education.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.