Creating meaningful music listening experiences with active music making

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Daniel C. Johnson, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW )
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Abstract: Of all musical activities, music listening is the most ubiquitous and essential to all other musical endeavors. In practice, however, music listening is often over-looked as a passive and prescribed activity. This article has a three-fold purpose: (1) to describe music listening as a thoughtful, creative, and purposeful activity; (2) to explore the connections among the four active musicmaking approaches in terms of music listening; and (3) to suggest ways teachers can incorporate meaningful and active music listening activities into their teaching practice. Topics in the first section include foundations of music listening as an activity and what research in related literature offers. The second section contains an exploration of links among the four active music-making pedagogies and their relationship to music listening as instruction, with an emphasis on Orff-Schulwerk and its connections to other active music-making pedagogies. Finally, the third section presents two practical applications of music listening instruction paired with active music-making tasks. Because the National Cultural Policy now links with the Australian Curriculum, implications for the Australian music and general classroom educators concludes this article.

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Johnson, D. C. (2013). Creating Meaningful Music Listening Experiences with Active Music-Making. Musicworks, Journal of the Australian National Council of Orff Schulwerk, 18 (1), 49-56. Published in the University Repository (Seahawk DOCKS) with permission from the journal Musicworks of the Australian National Council of Orff Schulwerk.
Language: English
Date: 2013
Orff-Schulwerk, Music Listening, Musical analysis, Music instruction, Australian curriculum, Music—Instruction and study--Australia
Music--Instruction and study--Juvenile
Music appreciation--Juvenile
Musical analysis
Music—Instruction and study--Australia

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