O corpo como linguagem e expressão no ensino do canto

  • Alexandra Maria da Silva da Quinta e Costa (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


The work of scientific research that is presented, under the theme The Body as Language and Expression in the Teaching of Singing, has as guiding principles the perception of the interactions that are established from the methodological point of view as part of the pedagogy of the Teaching of Singing, based on the vocal and body interpretation of a piece of music. Presented in the contexts of a Theoretical-Conceptual Framework, and of an Empirical Methodology, of qualitative analysis, intends to reflect on the State of Art, where reference authors, such as Sunberg (1987); Hemsley (1998); Sousa (1999; 2008; 2010); Waug (2000); Miller (2002; 2011); Hesse (2003); Manresa (2006); Haruki (2007); Goleman (2010); Furão (2011), among others, support this study. The Empirical Methodology, of qualitative analysis, is scientifically supported by The Pedagogical Relationship (RP) model of Renald Legendre (1993; 2005). Were learning Subjects (S) a group of four Singers, with different levels of experience in the field of teaching and learning of Singing, being the Object of study the interpretation and recording of a musical Aria. As Surroundings (S), were chosen the facilities of the Portuguese Catholic University School of Arts. Through the interpretation of the Aria Vedrai Carino, integrated in the Opera Don Giovanni, by the Austrian composer W. A Mozart, it is intended to make known the transmission of sensory, perceptive, expressive and communicative languages inherent in its representation, being the body the transmitting vehicle of those messages. The results obtained through the interpretation of this Intervention Program proved to be of great significance. The movie and photo images, and the records made in a questionnaire given to the Subjects (S), after the recordings, were indispensable research tools, allowing to verify the degrees of pertinence and relevance of which are these manifestation of body expressivity, in their different dimensions, while transmitting feelings and emotions in the Singers’ performance. As final conclusion, it is intended to contribute to the reflection about new methodologies in the teaching and learning of Singing, in contexts of vocal and body interpretation, in the course of pedagogy, using the best vocal techniques, conveying the emotion and the expressiveness inherent in a certain musical work.
Date of Award2015
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorMaria do Rosário Sousa (Supervisor) & Sofia Serra (Supervisor)


  • Singing
  • Pedagogy
  • Programs
  • Body expressivity
  • Interpretation


  • Mestrado em Ensino da Música

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