Faculty of Education

MusCoDA – Musical Communities in the (Post)Digital Age

MusCoDA examines songwriting processes as an example of collective creativity in (post-)digital communities. The Karlsruhe sub-project focuses on informal bands, while the Erfurt sub-project looks at songwriting in schools. Collaborative and cooperative learning in divergent educational contexts will be researched, the intertwining of informal and formal self-learning processes in digitally networked communities will be reconstructed, the respective constitutive role of digital and analogue technologies will be identified and design principles for future informal-formal educational practices will be derived.

Duration
12/2020 - 11/2024

Funding
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) :
422 000 Euro

Project management

Prof. Dr. Verena Weidner
Inhaberin der Professur für Musik und ihre Didaktik (Faculty of Education)

Team

Katharina Hermann

Jule Leibner

Anna-Louise Reichardt

Lena Schreiber

Projektbild MusCoDA

In digitally networked collectives, creative self-directed learning and pedagogical practices are part of everyday life. Music education takes up such practices, for example in the form of collective songwriting, and attributes many positive effects to them. Musical practice with digital technologies creates identity, ensures participation, democratisation, collaboration, creativity and self-learning, thus promoting not only musical skills but education as a whole. In contrast, there is a nationally sparse and internationally scattered research landscape and the observation that digital innovations in informal artistic contexts today often encounter a post-digital hybridisation of digital and non-digital practices. In this phase of advanced digitalisation, the joint project of the University of Erfurt (UE) and the Pädagogische Hochschule Karlsruhe (PHK) investigates songwriting processes as an example of collective creativity in (post)digital communities. Based on music lessons in schools (UE) on the one hand and informal bands (PHK) on the other, collaborative and cooperative learning in different educational contexts will be explored. The interplay of informal and formal self-learning processes in digitally networked communities will be reconstructed, the respective constitutive role of digital and analogue technologies identified and design principles for future informal-formal educational practices derived.

The research proposal was submitted by Marc Godau, Matthias Haenisch and Verena Weidner. The project runs from 2020 to 2024 and is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Insights and outcomes

Poster

National and international conferences

  • International Conference on Music Learning Theory, Oak Park, Illinois,  29.07.2021. Posterpräsentation: »Composing in the (post) digital age«
  • Most Wanted: Music, Berlin, 27.10.2021. Vortrag und Paneldiskussion /Barcamp: »Technologies and Practices of Songwriting in Times of Posthumanism and Postdigitality«
  • Digi-Camp – Musik im Zeitalter Digitaler Dinge, Landesmusikakademie NRW, Heek-Nienborg, 06.-07.10.2021. Vortrag/Keynote: »Musiklernen mit digitalen und richtigen Instrumenten. Vom schwierigen Verhältnis der Musikpädagogik zur Digitalisierung aus Perspektive der Forschung« 
  • (Populäre) Musik/Kultur in der Jugendarbeit, Landesarbeitsgemeinschaft (LAG) Populäre Musik / Kultur Berlin e.V. in Kooperation mit der Alice Salomon Hochschule Berlin, der LKJ Berlin e.V. und dem Jugendkulturzentrum Königstadt, 20.09.2021. Vortrag/Keynote: »Digitale Musik/Kultur – Anfragen an das Arbeitsfeld« 
  • 13. Stuttgarter Stimmtage: Stuttgart,  24. & 25.09.2021. Vortrag / Keynote: [Singen in Digitaler Kultur] Leipziger Symposium zur Kinder- und Jugendstimme 2021: „Alte Pfade – neue Wege“ – Chancen des digitalen Lernens, Leipzig, 27.02.2021. Vortrag/Keynote: »Singen in Distanz? – Gesangspraktiken im 21. Jahrhundert«

Publications in the context of the project

  • Godau, M.; Haenisch, M. (im Druck). Herausforderungen für eine Popmusikpädagogik des 21. Jahrhunderts. Kritische Anfragen an das Feld vor dem Hintergrund der musikpädagogischen Diskussion. In  (Populäre) Musik/Kultur in der Jugendarbeit.
  • Haenisch, M.; Godau, M. (Proposal akzeptiert): Follow the Song – Researching the Sociomateriality of Popular Music Learning in the Postdigital Age. In Dines, M., Palermo, F., Rambarran, S. (Hrsg.),  Handbook of Popular Music Methodologies. Middlesex.
  • Godau, M. (2022). Hacking Music Education. Über das Potenzial einer Kulturtechnik des Digitalzeitalters für musikpädagogisches Denken und Handeln. Üben & Musizieren 2/2022.

Project Website

Please also note the project website of the University of Education Karlsruhe

Read also our insight into the project on the research blog WortMelder of the University of Erfurt.

to the article "Songwriting im Unterricht gilt noch immer als höchst innovativ"
Bildungsforschung Musikpädagogik

Cooperation partner

Research focus

Education, School, and Behaviour