Modulations Music and adolescence between self-expressions and collective imagination

In music modulation is a tonal shift, without interruption, of musical discourse. Modulations, as passages and transitions, characterise adolescence in all dimensions of the subject, involving voice, body, emotions and thought. In this essay, the musical metaphor of modulation is adopted to interpret the age in question as musical adolescence, and to analyse the relationship between adolescents and music from a pedagogical perspective, assuming this artistic language as a formative tool that opens horizons of awareness and signification, of redeeming subjectivity from social expectations and contributing to an authentic Bildung. In fact, if adolescence is the “middle ground” in which the individual grapples with the elaboration of identity, music, on the one hand, allows the «pearl fisherman» to search among the notes for another grammar to express himself, and, on the other, contributes to the production of the collective imagination, outlining an effigy in which the adolescent has no difficulty in recognising himself.