PONSO NO TAO
a visual insight into the field research and music education work in Lanyu by Chiao-Hua Chang and Wolfgang Liebhart
In the run-up to and the preparation phase of this cross-generational research project, the question arose of how these two different approaches, the scientific and the pedagogical-didactic, can be combined. The common denominator is sociology of music, where musical research and music education work can enter into a complementary dialogue. Based on a three-week stay on the Taiwanese island of Lanyu, this concept was expanded and enriched by the dimension of the music-ethnological aspect.
The music education work focused on the youngest and young generation of the Tao. For the different age groups, ranging from preschool children to 15-, 16-year-olds, numerous confidence-building introductory games were used to match the age. Concentration and coordination exercises, some of which were taken from music therapy and varied, followed. Dance and theatrical concepts as well as sound painting were also part of the concept.
The focus of the field research was on traditional Tao singing, some rituals and social interactions. However, knowledge should also be gained of the extent to which external influences (politics, media, missionary work through various churches, etc.) also influence, suppress and/or undermine other traditions (rituals) and social structures of the Tao.
There is extensive acoustic, visual and descriptive documentation material from all research activities. Some of this is summarised in the short film "Ponso No Tao".
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