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Listening in Action

Teaching Music in the Digital Age, 1st Edition

By Rebecca M Rinsema


172 pages

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In an age when students come to class with more varied music listening preferences and experiences than ever before, music educators can find themselves at a loss for how to connect with their students. Listening in Action provides the beginnings of a solution to this problem by characterizing students’ contemporary music listening experiences as they are mediated by digital technologies.

Several components of contemporary music listening experiences are described, including: the relationship between music listening experiences and listener engagements with other activities; listener agency in creating playlists and listening experiences as a whole; and the development of adolescent identities as related to the agency afforded by music listening devices. The book provides an accessible introduction to scholarship on music listening across the disciplines of musicology, ethnomusicology, sociology of music, psychology of music, and music education.

By reading Listening in Action, music educators can gain an understanding of recent theories of music listening in everyday life and how those theories might be applied to bridge the gap between music pedagogies and students who encounter music in a heavily mediated, postperformance world.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

Series Editors' Preface


List of Abbreviations




Part I: Philosophy

Chapter 1 Listening and Musical Meaning

Chapter 2 Listening and Musical Understanding


Part II: Observation

Chapter 3 The Study: Description and Literature Review

Chapter 4 Embodying the Experience

Chapter 5 Organizing the Experience

Chapter 6 Navigating Real and Virtual Spaces

Chapter 7 Developing Musical Selves


Part III: Practice

Chapter 8 Listening, Creativity and the Music Classroom

Chapter 9 Multimedia, Hermeneutics and the Music Classroom





About the Author

Rebecca Rinsema is Lecturer of Music in General Studies at Northern Arizona University, USA. She teaches courses on popular music and the analysis of music from the listener’s perspective. She is also a singer specializing in the performance of early music.

About the Series

SEMPRE Studies in The Psychology of Music

The theme for the series is the psychology of music, broadly defined. Topics include (i) musical development at different ages, (ii) exceptional musical development in the context of special educational needs, (iii) musical cognition and context, (iv) culture, mind and music, (v) micro to macro perspectives on the impact of music on the individual (from neurological studies through to social psychology), (vi) the development of advanced performance skills and (vii) affective perspectives on musical learning. The series presents the implications of research findings for a wide readership, including user-groups (music teachers, policy makers, parents) as well as the international academic and research communities. This expansive embrace, in terms of both subject matter and intended audience (drawing on basic and applied research from across the globe), is the distinguishing feature of the series, and it serves SEMPRE’s distinctive mission, which is to promote and ensure coherent and symbiotic links between education, music and psychology research.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / General