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    Johanna Kinkel's Pedagogical Approaches as a Socio-Political Mirror of Her Time

    Bunzel, Anja (2014) Johanna Kinkel's Pedagogical Approaches as a Socio-Political Mirror of Her Time. Musicological Explorations, 14. pp. 27-58. ISSN 1711-9235

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    Throughout her lifetime, Johanna Kinkel (1810-1858), a German composer, music pedagog~e, and writer, was acknowledged for the extraordinary support of her husband, the Getman revolutionary Gottfried Kinkel (1815-1882), who, with the help of his wife and several political confederates, escaped from political c~ptivity in 1850. Johanna Kinkel's reputation as Gottfried Kinkel's life saver as well as her own exceptional biography eclipsed her artistic output as well as her pedagogical and theoretical writings. Johanna Kinkel's strong sense of justice, her remarkable perseverance, her courage to question socio-political and cultural conventions, as well as her witry Rhineland character are reflected in both her fictional and non-fictional writings. Having taught more than 4" 200 music students during her lifetime, Kinkel was a well-experienced piano and singing teacher. This article will examine Johanna Kinkel's pedagogical ideas considering both technical aspects as well as features regarding the factual content. By means of exemplary content analysis, I will expose allusions to socio-political criticism in Kinkel's pedagogical compositions as well as her non-fictional and fictional writings. The aim of this article is to ascertain how Kinkel's involvement in politics and her unconventional mind set had an impact on her pedagogical approach, which in turn might have influenced her reception as an artist and pedagogue.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Johanna Kinkel; Pedagogical Approaches; Socio-Political Mirror;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Music
    Item ID: 9072
    Depositing User: Anja Bunzel
    Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2017 12:09
    Journal or Publication Title: Musicological Explorations
    Publisher: University of Victoria
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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