Cloud 09 Sounds and Arts in Transversal Learning (archived)


Kaarina Marjanen cloud 9

Kaarina Marjanen

Cloud 9 Coordinator

Tampere University

As of Summer 2023, the EAPRIL Cloud 9 has come to a close.

Mission Statement

Transversal learning approaches respond to the fact, that institutionalized learning is often fractioned and bound in subjects and disciplines. Integrated and transdisciplinary approaches acknowledge aesthetic experience as a gateway to learning processes including world, society and people. Research, development and promotion of artistic education at the public, ministerial & municipality levels, and at schools and teaching is supported through the Unesco Arts education statements: the arts as human rights (Unesco 2006, 2010) and the Bonn Declaration (2011)

This Cloud invites everyone with interest to discuss and collaborate on aesthetics, multisensory experiences and designerly approaches to learning. We focus on pedagogies and instruction with sound and the arts as grounds for education in five main topic areas:

1. Sensory Experience in Learning

Aesthetic experience, in its many cultural manifestations, such as music and the arts, is central to learning processes in and out of educational institutions, and beyond education. The first topic of this cloud thus deals with the role of sensory experience in learning processes, from the consideration of cultural, historical and sociological viewpoints, considering aspects of human development and the connections of evolution, culture and behavior.

2. Sound as a Way to Access, Understand and Co-Create the World

Sonic arts are an extensive and complex phenomenon to benefit learning, in particular in integration with language, visual arts, or other forms of artistic and creative practices. From a sonic-musical perspective, sound-based approaches such as sonification, new means of representation and expression and new and unique insights into “natural” and “artificial” phenomena are opened.

3. The Art of Learning: Pedagogical Innovations

An important topic of this cloud is to foster innovations from the potential of aesthetic experience and artistic expression, building on the power of subjects and disciplinary expertise to enable transdisciplinary practice. The interchange between traditional and new information and communication technology inspires new groundbreaking learning environments towards the future.

4. Research Methods for the Inquiry of Aesthetic Experience

Arts- and design based research provides relevant methodical approaches to investigate aesthetic experiences towards educational and instructional contexts, and through integrated settings in music, the arts and beyond. The rich traditions of practitioner-research establish co-ownership and identification. Dialogues with the creative R&D community, stakeholders and educational institutions bring together diverse approaches, disciplines and methodologies under shared interests.

5. Integrated Music and Arts Education in professional expertise

Music and the arts as situated creative engagement, with immediate engaging qualities, create the core for artistic-cultural learning, to contribute to professional expertise, identity and the ability of “being present“. Indentifying and developing the aesthetic performative arts practice, and integrated musical and artistic pedagogies for professional education through sound and arts-centered teaching and curricula are at the very core of this thematic area of the cloud.


The Universal Declaration of Human rights; The convention on the Rights of the Child

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Past Activities

Two day seminar/webinar:
  • Theme: "Innovative Teaching Approaches - EAPRIL Clouds in a Research-based Dialogue"
  • Date: 26-27 September, 2019
  • Organisers: Cloud 4 and 9
  • Presentation can be accessed via this link