Event: Conference, 2018 African-American History, Culture & Digital Humanities (AADHum) Conference, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, African-American History, Culture & Digital Humanities (AADHum) Conference, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, artist(s)/author(s): Jeffrey Cobbold
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2018 African-American History, Culture & Digital Humanities (AADHum), University of Maryland Conference, Digital Poster Link:
2018 African-American History, Culture & Digital Humanities (AADHum) Conference, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, Digital Poster Abstract:
Music Education Through Autobiographical Digital Storytelling: Confronting Fear and Becoming True as Music Students & Teachers is a 37-minute educational message examining the presence of interpersonal fear and truth telling in music education. The driving force of the message is a personalized artistic research method, which I call “autobiographical digital storytelling”. Through this method I share my personal story as a music educator and graduate student intertwined with spiritualized observations of a music education community, which are presented to listeners in the format of a digital audio sermon.
Through this message listeners are invited to reflect on important issues of embodiment vs. knowledge, friendship, community leadership, teacher-student relationships, the art of digital storytelling, loneliness and power dynamics in relation to the challenges of participating in a music education community. The goal of the message is to grant listeners (primarily students and teachers in music education) a beginning at noticing their own intersections of autobiography and digital storytelling for addressing interpersonal challenges within their educational journeys. I believe fostering these intersections can help produce healthier and more sincere interpersonal relationships that strive for rare and important truths to be told within a learning community.
My digital poster presentation will share audio clips, research notes, concept maps and artistic tools used to create the educational message. Further explanation will be given to the term “autobiographical digital storytelling” and the choice of using the format of a digital audio sermon to highlight its features. I anticipate this message being relevant to AADHum 2018 as it brings forth my identity as an African-American male arts & humanities graduate student who was developing a moral compass on the margins of various learning communities. Within the interactive digital poster presentation I will invite discussion about cultural & racial authenticity, traditional methods of teaching & learning and the business focus of higher education, which all contextualize the artistic research and pastoral theological concerns which influenced this educational message. Viewers of the presentation, especially arts & humanities students, are invited to bring questions and concerns from their own experiences related to the aforementioned themes.