Two paramount behaviors in learning and teaching a new rhythmic-coordinative body movement are observation and imitation. In the first learning steps, verbal instructions are detrimental so that observation and imitation are preferred. From students’ and teachers’ perspectives, the observation of the model — or the imitation of it — and that of their performances based on the model are significantly involved in the learning process. We want to enlighten this process by means of analyses of students’ and teachers’ gazing behaviors while they learn/teach a rhythmic-coordinative movement. For this project, we will combine movement sensors and a modern eye-tracking system able to capture enough precision of gaze movements.

The project is a collaboration between transArts and the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), and is a part of the research domain (FSP) Musical Interpretation at the Department of Music, ZHdK.