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

    Summary 

     

    2          Domains of Learning and Teaching

    Behind the Scenes

    The Learning Domain

    The Teaching Domain

    Summary

     

    3          A Pedagogical Model for Holistic Musical Thinking

    Previous Ideas about Musical Thinking

    A New Pedagogical Model for Holistic Musical Thinking

    An Example Vignette

    Summary

     

    4          Practical Applications

    The Model in Action

    Classroom Vignettes: On Stage

    Developing a Musical Thinking Curriculum

    Summary

    Conclusion

    Appendix

    Biography

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