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The Monochord in the Medieval and Modern Classrooms

Author(s): Kathryn Buehler-McWilliams | Russell E. Murray

Journal: Journal of Music History Pedagogy
ISSN 2155-109X

Volume: 3;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 151;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: music history pedagogy | monochord | medieval music | medieval instruments | organology | music theory | Pythagorean division

The monochord was a standard feature of musical pedagogy in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. In the modern classroom, it allows our students to experience the pedagogical world of the medieval classroom, bringing a deeper reality to an otherwise abstract series of concepts. This article presents a general overview of the various uses of the monochord in medieval and Renaissance pedagogy and provides a lesson plan for using the instrument effectively in an undergraduate music history class.

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