International Journal of Literature and Arts

Special Issue

Musical Theory, Psychology and Pedagogy

  • Submission Deadline: Sep. 30, 2014
  • Status: Submission Closed
  • Lead Guest Editor: Krasimira Fileva-Ruseva
About This Special Issue
The innate musical talents through an appropriate education can be developed into musical abilities. In order to select the efficient methods for this development, the nature of the very talents, as well as the qualities - the abilities, which achieving is aimed, should be well known by the educators. In the special edition ‘Musical Theory, Psychology and Pedagogy’ the section ‘Musical talents and abilities’ is directed to a broader view of the initial and the target qualities of the professional musician and also of his erudite listener.

By logical musical thinking is meant the typical of a given geographic area, ethnicity or style development of the melody. Therefore, in the training the beginner musical performers, but also when working in the mainstream schools, among other necessary qualities and skills of great importance is to cultivate the ability to empathy the expressed through the music feelings and the sense of distinctiveness of the different types of melodic structures. The concepts, concerning this aspect of the work of the musical pedagogue, are presented in the next section - ‘Musical thinking.’

(The) problems, related to the acquisition of the professional qualities and skills, the emotional development of the performer of music throughout his artistic career, as well as the responsibility of the teacher of musical instrument to the talent and the personality of the students, are analyzed in the section ‘Musical Performance’.

The professional musician - performer, creator and pedagogue - should also possess solid knowledge of musical theory. Some details in this field are discussed in the theoretical section.
Lead Guest Editor
  • Krasimira Fileva-Ruseva

    Faculty of Musical Education, Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Guest Editors
  • Valentina Manolova

    Faculty of Preschool and Primary School Education, Sofia University, Sofia, Bulgaria

Published Articles
  • An Opportunity to Provoke Students’ Interest in “Serious” Music

    Diana Katsarova

    Issue: Volume 2, Issue 5-1, October 2014
    Pages: 88-92
    Received: Sep. 25, 2014
    Accepted: Sep. 29, 2014
    Published: Nov. 06, 2014
    DOI: 10.11648/j.ijla.s.2014020501.25
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    Abstract: I present my pedagogical experience in optimizing the activity of perceiving the music in class by demonstrating variants of basic thematic material in a musical work (for the goals of the experiment there were developed variants of the main themes in Part I of Piano concerto d moll by W. A. Mozart), aiming at better understanding of its emotional ... Show More
  • On Properties of Harmonic Intervals: Sonance, Acousticity, Phonism

    Miroslav Kirilov Nedyalkov

    Issue: Volume 2, Issue 5-1, October 2014
    Pages: 84-87
    Received: Sep. 18, 2014
    Accepted: Sep. 22, 2014
    Published: Oct. 17, 2014
    DOI: 10.11648/j.ijla.s.2014020501.24
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    Abstract: This research synthesizes concepts derived from previous studies of the author regarding sonance [1], acousticity and phonism [2] that affect the properties of harmonic intervals and vertical sound complexes. The classification of texture “with and without an expressed bass” [3], which had its place in the textbook that was published later, is impo... Show More
  • The Phenomenon “Emotional Thinking”

    Valentina Bozhinova Manolova

    Issue: Volume 2, Issue 5-1, October 2014
    Pages: 77-83
    Received: Sep. 25, 2014
    Accepted: Sep. 29, 2014
    Published: Oct. 16, 2014
    DOI: 10.11648/j.ijla.s.2014020501.23
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    Abstract: In the article, on the basis of an extensive analysis of the views of renowned scientists regarding emotions and thinking, conclusions are made about the essence, measurability and personal needs for emotional thinking. Among these conclusions are: 1. Emotional thinking can be measured through the EQ-i. But the difference between cognitive intellec... Show More
  • Interpretation Issues in the Polyphonic Repertoire of the Students from Musical Performance Classes in the Universities

    Diana Stancheva

    Issue: Volume 2, Issue 5-1, October 2014
    Pages: 70-76
    Received: Aug. 26, 2014
    Accepted: Sep. 12, 2014
    Published: Oct. 16, 2014
    DOI: 10.11648/j.ijla.s.2014020501.22
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    Abstract: The study is oriented towards one of the most disputable, and least explored and clarified up to now issues in the methodology of teaching the accordion and in the theory of the performing art, namely - the position of the accordionist regarding the selection of means of expression, in his capacity of an interpreter of adapted (not original) pieces... Show More
  • Music Comprehension in the Light of Some Ideas of Hermeneutic Theory

    Tania Burdeva

    Issue: Volume 2, Issue 5-1, October 2014
    Pages: 65-69
    Received: Aug. 07, 2014
    Accepted: Aug. 14, 2014
    Published: Oct. 16, 2014
    DOI: 10.11648/j.ijla.s.2014020501.21
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    Abstract: The paper examines some philosophical and psychological aspects of the understanding of music. The approach of hermeneutics to the problems of understanding gives reasons to connect the specific act of understanding music with the general theory of understanding. The current paper is an attempt to find the points of contact between “the commonly ac... Show More
  • Principles of Form Construction and their Dialectical Relation in the Musical Styles

    Penka Pencheva Mincheva

    Issue: Volume 2, Issue 5-1, October 2014
    Pages: 61-64
    Received: Sep. 24, 2014
    Accepted: Sep. 26, 2014
    Published: Oct. 07, 2014
    DOI: 10.11648/j.ijla.s.2014020501.20
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    Abstract: Objects of the study are the two basic principles of the multi-voice thinking - the polyphonic - linear and the homophonic - vertical. Their effect is discussed in the various styles. The different meaning of the two main qualities of the chord is also clarified - phonism and functionality and their manifestation in the types of multi-voice musical... Show More
  • The Music Lesson in the Progress Socializing the Growing Generation

    Galina Krasteva Georgieva

    Issue: Volume 2, Issue 5-1, October 2014
    Pages: 56-60
    Received: Sep. 23, 2014
    Accepted: Sep. 26, 2014
    Published: Sep. 30, 2014
    DOI: 10.11648/j.ijla.s.2014020501.19
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    Abstract: This paper presents the major opportunities provided by the subject Music at comprehensive school in the formation and development of skills for social contacts . Based on her own teaching experience , the author offers multiple tasks within established core activities in the music lessons: performing music; perception of music and composing music.... Show More
  • Technological Model for Composing Accompaniment to a Melody in Teaching Accordion

    Iliana Chervenakova

    Issue: Volume 2, Issue 5-1, October 2014
    Pages: 49-55
    Received: Aug. 26, 2014
    Accepted: Sep. 02, 2014
    Published: Sep. 30, 2014
    DOI: 10.11648/j.ijla.s.2014020501.18
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    Abstract: This paper is motivated by the need to optimize the conditions of active teaching, i.e. for a very short period the students must develop an ear for music and musical skills – these students are future music teachers in kindergartens and elementary schools and they must acquire basic music reading skills in playing easy plays and songs with accomp... Show More
  • Methodological Principles of Piano Technique in the Stages of Development

    Rumyana Stoyanova Zhekova-Stoynova

    Issue: Volume 2, Issue 5-1, October 2014
    Pages: 42-48
    Received: Sep. 12, 2014
    Accepted: Sep. 17, 2014
    Published: Sep. 23, 2014
    DOI: 10.11648/j.ijla.s.2014020501.17
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    Abstract: The technique of the performer’s movements is determinant to the quality of keyboard performance. The performer’s motor development is achieved, in accordance with the stages of age development. The author of this article presents the methodological principles of work in mastering the keyboard movements. Motor skills have age defined characteristic... Show More
  • Characteristics of Bulgarian Folk Music

    Penka Pencheva Mincheva

    Issue: Volume 2, Issue 5-1, October 2014
    Pages: 33-41
    Received: Sep. 12, 2014
    Accepted: Sep. 17, 2014
    Published: Sep. 23, 2014
    DOI: 10.11648/j.ijla.s.2014020501.16
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    Abstract: This paper presents the unique richness and diversity of the Bulgarian folk music. It discusses its modal specificity – the widespread use of old modal structures and chromatic sound lines, the metrorhytmical diversity; indicates some features such as the non-measured song. The most commonly used modal structures and the most widespread metrums are... Show More
  • Increasing the Quality and Enhancing Musical Auditory Notions through Professional Training in Piano

    Krasimira Georgieva Fileva-Ruseva

    Issue: Volume 2, Issue 5-1, October 2014
    Pages: 25-32
    Received: Jul. 30, 2014
    Accepted: Aug. 26, 2014
    Published: Aug. 26, 2014
    DOI: 10.11648/j.ijla.s.2014020501.15
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    Abstract: One of the areas of art, where specific abilities are combined and their maximal and balanced development is required, is the activity of piano performance. For this reason, at the first place among the responsible tasks of the piano pedagogue (who teaches the future interpreters) is the development of the musical abilities of the student – the mod... Show More
  • Teaching the Rondo and Variation Form in the Textbook of Music for the 5th Grade of the Bulgarian General Education Schools

    Krasimira Georgieva Fileva-Ruseva

    Issue: Volume 2, Issue 5-1, October 2014
    Pages: 14-19
    Received: Jul. 30, 2014
    Accepted: Aug. 12, 2014
    Published: Aug. 26, 2014
    DOI: 10.11648/j.ijla.s.2014020501.13
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    Abstract: The responsibility of producing educated listeners of music with a positive attitude and interest towards the valuable phenomena in the tonal art falls mainly on the general education school. For this reason, in the textbooks of music by the publishing houses “Riva” and “Azbuki-Prosveta” in Bulgaria (the author collective is the same) special atten... Show More
  • The Responsibility of the Teacher to the Student Performer

    Krasimira Georgieva Fileva-Ruseva

    Issue: Volume 2, Issue 5-1, October 2014
    Pages: 20-24
    Received: Jul. 30, 2014
    Accepted: Aug. 12, 2014
    Published: Aug. 26, 2014
    DOI: 10.11648/j.ijla.s.2014020501.14
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    Abstract: The responsibility of the musical instrument teachers to their students is manifold. It includes the initial assessment of the abilities of the child, the development of the professional qualities, skills and dexterity of the student, the building of a stock of knowledge (basic note cognition, the fundamentals of the musical theoretical knowledge, ... Show More
  • A First Person View on Absolute Musical Pitch

    Krasimira Georgieva Fileva-Ruseva

    Issue: Volume 2, Issue 5-1, October 2014
    Pages: 8-13
    Received: Jul. 28, 2014
    Accepted: Aug. 12, 2014
    Published: Aug. 26, 2014
    DOI: 10.11648/j.ijla.s.2014020501.12
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    Abstract: Absolute musical pitch is an inborn talent which allows the people, endowed with it to identify the exact pitch of a specific tone without using a predefined reference point, regardless of the timbre of the source of the sound and of whether they are hearing a single tone, a logically organized melodic sequence, a succession of tones not following ... Show More
  • The Idea of Beauty in the Piano Cycle “Childhood Birds” by Konstantin Iliev

    Krasimira Georgieva Fileva-Ruseva

    Issue: Volume 2, Issue 5-1, October 2014
    Pages: 1-7
    Received: Jul. 28, 2014
    Accepted: Aug. 12, 2014
    Published: Aug. 26, 2014
    DOI: 10.11648/j.ijla.s.2014020501.11
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    Abstract: There is beauty everywhere in nature. Sometimes even creatures, that we are used to consider unsightly, burst with it. Looking more closely, ignoring the traditional view, we find colour combinations, proportions, movements that get surprisingly beautiful as soon as we realize it. In art the depiction of beauty could take different forms as well as... Show More