Nonverbal communication in the context of individual violin lessons




nonverbal communication, body language, music education, music teaching, violin teaching


This article resulted from a naturalistic investigation, quali-quanti, being a case study, in its multi-case aspect. As an objective, the importance of certain nonverbal communication in violin lessons was identified. The investigation was carried out from the analysis of specialized bibliography, a form of direct observation of the action of a violin teacher, a notebook, and a semi-structured interview he was submitted to. The results were triangulated and analyzed, concluding that certain nonverbal communication, if used consciously, gives the teacher the possibility of transmitting his message in a clear and more competent way, obtaining pedagogical-didactic recognition from students. Thus, the classroom environment is more suitable and conducive to a more effective teaching/learning process.


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Author Biographies

Francisco Parente Ramos, New University of Lisbon, Portugal

He started his musical studies in violin at the Professional School of Arts da Beira Interior, completed his degree at the Lisbon School of Music and his Master in Music Teaching at the University of Évora. He is currently a PhD student in Music Sciences at the School of Social Sciences and Humanities of the NOVA University of Lisbon and a violin teacher at the Conservatory of Music Sons e Compassos (Terrugem, Sintra). During his training, he attended several masterclasses and orchestra training courses with various conductors and violinists, such as Ernest Schelle, Jean-Sebastian Bereau, Roberto Perez, Cármelo De Los Santos, Daniel Rowland, Ilona Sie Dhian Ho, Vasco Azevedo, Michael Zilm, Pedro Neves, Martin André, Christopher Bochmann, among others. As a professional violinist he has collaborated in recordings and/or concerts with various groups and orchestras such as the Orquestra de Câmara de Almada, Orquestra Philarmónica de Lisboa, Orquestra de Câmara de Sintra, Os Maquinistas, All
in Folk, Sam the Kid and Velvet Quintet. With the string quartet Naked Lunch he collaborated on the recording of the first book/CD of the Lisbon Poetry Orchestra, "Poetas Portugueses de Agora", participating frequently in various concerts of this collective. As part of the same quartet, he has participated in some concerts and/or recordings of Afonso Cabral, Conan Osiris, Vitorino Salomé, Abril em Branco and António Chaínho.

António Ricardo Mira, University of Évora, Portugal

He holds a PhD in Educational Sciences. His Doctoral Thesis deals with Non-verbal Communication, a topic of his preference as a researcher and professor. He also teaches and researches in the field of Didactics of the Mother Tongue and Foreign Languages. He also does it in the context of Pedagogical Relation /
Communication. He has work in the field of Didactics of Literature for Children and Adolescents. Similarly, he has research in the fields of Integration of Immigrant Students in School Environments, School Bullying and Cyberbullying. He is also dedicated to topics that he usually calls Didactics of Situations / Learning Experiences. He also has as research interests the training of teachers and pedagogical
supervision. He has been working for some time in the training of health professionals and
other areas, at the level of Non-verbal Communication. He has publications on the above-mentioned topics in Portugal, Spain, France and Brazil. He is Retired Assistant Professor in active service at the University of Évora, School of Social Sciences, Department of Pedagogy and Education.


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How to Cite

Ramos, Francisco Parente, and António Ricardo Mira. 2022. “Nonverbal Communication in the Context of Individual Violin Lessons”. Per Musi, no. 42 (September):1-21.



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