My Field Trip: A journey through ancient musical instruments (LS-IT-737)

How can we tell about ancient music in our classroom? How is it possible to know musical heritage using pictures? 

My name is Elisabetta Nanni and I work as Music Teacher in lower secondary School in Trento, Italy. In this Learning scenario students are invited on a Virtual Field Trip, used as a technique to organize the learning process about a specific topic and help the learners to explore the material available. The whole activity was presented to students using a website (in Italian) created with google sites.

The activity starts with students exploring the Europeana collection ” Early depictions of musical instruments”, where they will discover ancient musical instruments. After engaging students, I asked my students to search for ancient instrument sounds and to link the sound to the instruments. All the information collected has been used by students to create an ancient virtual world using CospacesEDu. Students explore the Europeana collection and have to select the images that can be reused according to the copyright, then using an online photo editor they removed the background and used the modified images to create a virtual environment in cospacesEDU.

Images from Europeana cropped and used in Cospaces

It was interesting to see how the students used the Europeana resources in a new context. Thanks to copsacesEDU they created a 3D world that combines antiquities and modernity and in some student’s work, the match between Europeana resources and background was unique.

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Public Domain Mark 1.0: the featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana and has been provided by the Koninklijke Bibliotheek.

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