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The Musical ExperienceRethinking Music Teaching and Learning$
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Janet R. Barrett and Peter R. Webster

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199363032

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199363032.001.0001

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Life Music as a Beginning Point

Life Music as a Beginning Point

Connecting with the Intuitive Listener

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The Musical Experience

Rob E. Dunn

Oxford University Press

For teachers to make music listening a more effective part of the music curriculum, they need to understand two important aspects of their students more fully: how students use music in their everyday lives and how they intuitively listen to music. This chapter begins with an exploration of the disconnect between “life music” and “school music,” followed by research about how people engage with music in their everyday lives. A model of the intuitive music listening process is proposed to account for the multifaceted factors involved that make each listening unique. Finally, five principles for bridging the gap between school music and life music are suggested, with examples of how to design learning encounters with music listening that will be more immediately relevant and have a lifelong impact on our students

Keywords:   life music, school music, intuitive music listening

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