From the content of Music Education 2/2011


The long-lasting series Music and Painting prepared by J. Bláha brings the lesson called The International Style in Painting and Music – The Limbourg Brothers and John Dunstable. The author explains the forming of artistic styles in the south Europe in early Italian renaissance and in the north in Dutch realism.


In her article Cognitive Basics of Music Understanding, H. Váňová treats the perception of music compositions according to information in a new psychological movement. This considers the human psyche a system for information processing in the human brain.  That is why it is vital to have enough information from a pre-listening preparation.


E. Vachudová shows the new ways to discover musicality in her essay Testing of Music Abilities On-line on the Internet. Its advantages are anonymity of examined persons, speed and the comparison of gained results.


A. Kručayová introduces a non-traditional education of children by the method called Integrative Artistic Education According to Mária Apagyi’s Piano School “I Play the Piano”. It uses the principles of cross-curriculum artistic education such as an experience education, creative activity, development of practical skills and others. 


The author B. Balcárová develops further the issue of integrative advancements in the form of educational projects. She shares her experience with overlapping of musical, verbal, visual and dance contents in a story Integrated Music Project in Primary Music Education – Part 1.


In her methodological instructions Drops Dance Mazurka, E. Jenčková connects the practice of a song with the practice of a dance. She trains the rhythm by different ways of clapping and by using “rain instruments” and onomatopoeic words.


P. Bělohlávková has chosen a person with two anniversaries and she called the portrait Jihlava’s Tribute to Gustav Mahler. Besides the autobiographical facts, other events devoted continuously to the memory of the famous composer and conductor are mentioned. The references to other information resources are also valuable.


The note supplement offers two songs for a children choir by E. Douša: Sausage Dog’s Horror and Cat’s Lullaby.


In addition to the regular sections From Music Anniversaries and the lesson About Music in English, the issue contains congratulations on the professor Luděk Zenkl’s anniversary, two detailed pieces of knowledge from our music world and two exhaustive reviews inspiring further usage.