1st Edition

Music Lessons for a Living Planet Ecomusicology for Young People

By Daniel J. Shevock, Vincent C. Bates Copyright 2025
    162 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume shows music educators how music teaching and learning can help address humanity’s greatest challenge—the ecological crisis. It provides essential background knowledge in ecomusicology, from compositions about nature, soundscape experiences, activist songs, and practical lesson ideas.

    Motivated by the urgent need for increased ecological awareness and sustainable practices, and the ecological aspects of music and musical aspects of ecosystems, the book explores the powerful role that music educators can play in protecting and preserving the natural environment. Each chapter includes a narrative and potential lesson ideas that include listening, singing, playing instruments, moving, and contextualizing, with the goal of translating research in ecomusicological theory into a sustainable, creative, and critical music teaching practice.

    Bridging the gap between recent scholarship and pedagogical work, this book will be a valuable resource for educators, P-12 classroom teachers and music specialists, as well as in undergraduate music education methods courses.

    Part 1: Introduction


    1. Definitions

    Part 2: Ideas for Music in General

    2. Satis Coleman’s Environmental Pedagogy

    3. Community

    4. Ecofeminist Considerations

    5. The Elements of Music

    6. Improvising and Composing with Nonhuman Species

    7. Responding to Ecological Catastrophe

    Part 3: Ideas for Performing Ensembles

    8. Bands and Orchestras

    9. Choirs

    10. General Music

    11. Popular Ensembles

    Part 4: Concluding Thoughts

    12. Spirituality

    13. Rurality, Capital, Commons

    14. Going Beyond Our Current Politics


    Daniel J. Shevock is a music teacher at Central Mountain Middle School, Mill Hall, PA.

    Vincent C. Bates is Professor of Teacher Education at Weber State University.