Music Listening as Embodied Experience
Most people experience music with the body and the mind, and we implicitly and explicitly ascribe meaning to it. But we do not always possess sufficient words to describe what we know and feel as we listen to music because that musical embodiment takes us deeperinto a musical understanding than words allow. This chapter describes somemovement strategiesthat enable general music and performance ensemble students to express their music listening experiences-techniquesbased on theoretical research that explores the physio-emotional relationships of the body, brain, and music. The pedagogical strategies presented here include both student- and teacher-generated movement sequences, free-style movements, montages, and sculpture positions designed as kinesthetic metaphors of musical elements or aesthetic qualities. Narratives and video excerpts on the companion websiteof students using these strategies provide readers with insights into the kinaesthetic aspects of listening to music. Also here are teacher strategies for including movement in the general music classroom and in rehearsals and additional lesson ideas.
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