EdUHK Music Education Innovations Awarded in iENA Nuremberg
The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) recently won two Bronze Medals for its innovations in technology for music education at the 71st International Trade Fair “Ideas - Inventions – New Products” (iENA) held from 31 October to 3 November 2019 in Nuremberg, Germany.
The winning entries are:
(1) A Mouthpiece with a Supporting Windway
Dr Koji Matsunobu, Department of Cultural and Creative Arts
This innovative mouthpiece, for which a PCT patent and a Japan Utility Model Patent are filed, is designed for musical instruments with a tubular structure, such as flutes, to (i) direct the air stream towards the blow edge of the flute’s top opening to exercise easy sound production; and (ii) enable players to position their chin and cover or partially cover the top opening to vary the effect of sound production – the “pitch bending effect”. This makes pitch bending possible in musical instruments, like recorders and flutes.
(2) The Grid and Grid Notation for Music Education
Dr Leung Chi-hin, Department of Cultural and Creative Arts
The Grid Notation, for which a Hong Kong patent and a China patent are filed, is associated with an innovative music notation software programme, called The Grid. Using the grid to represent rhythm – solfège/letter names for pitch, colour for dynamics, and tailor-made symbols for articulation – lowers the barrier for music score reading and provides unlimited possibilities for music performance and composition under the tablet orchestra e-Orch setting.