1st Edition

Holistic Musical Thinking: A Pedagogical Model for Hands-On and Heart-felt Musical Engagement Routledge New Directions in Music Education Series

By Daniel C. Johnson Copyright 2025
    122 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Holistic Musical Thinking presents a comprehensive view of how people engage with music from a hands-on and heart-felt perspective. This approach embraces the teaching and learning processes as a multi-dimensional amalgamation of knowing, doing, and feeling through musical experiences. The result is a five-dimensional model that synthesizes cognitive, affective, and psychomotor learning with curricular integration.

    With pedagogical applications, Holistic Musical Thinking offers a multi-faceted perspective that benefits both music teachers and their students. This innovative approach uses established research for a new model of musical thinking and taxonomy of musical engagement. Complete with classroom vignettes and pedagogical strategies, this book reframes musical thinking as a new direction in music education. Written for music teachers, teacher-educators, and their students, this book provides practical applications of the multi-dimensional Model of Holistic Musical Thinking for K-12 music education, and beyond.

    1          Exploring Musical Thinking

    Setting the Stage for Holistic Musical Thinking

    History and Theory of Musical Thinking

    A New Model

    An AIT Conceptual Framework



    2          Domains of Learning and Teaching

    Behind the Scenes

    The Learning Domain

    The Teaching Domain



    3          A Pedagogical Model for Holistic Musical Thinking

    Previous Ideas about Musical Thinking

    A New Pedagogical Model for Holistic Musical Thinking

    An Example Vignette



    4          Practical Applications

    The Model in Action

    Classroom Vignettes: On Stage

    Developing a Musical Thinking Curriculum





    Daniel C. Johnson is Professor of Music and Coordinator of Graduate and Undergraduate Music Education Studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA.