Ways to enhance embodied learning in Dalcroze-inspired music education
Juntunen, Marja-Leena (2020)
Juntunen, M.-L. (2020). Ways to enhance embodied learning in Dalcroze-inspired music education. International Journal of Music in Early Childhood, 15(1), 39–59. https://doi.org/10.1386/ijmec_00011_1
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Drawing on the phenomenology of embodied learning, this article presents suggestions for ways that embodied learning can be enhanced in Dalcroze-inspired music education. Here, embodied learning refers to learning from interactional experiences of the self with the physical and social environment through senses, perceptions and mind‐body action and reaction. It is suggested that embodied learning can be efficiently facilitated through teaching that promotes multisensory perceptions, images, integration and experiences, while also motivating physical, social, emotional and intellectual participation. Furthermore, promoting social interaction as well as interaction between perceptions, thoughts, emotions and actions could be regarded essential. Embodied learning can be reinforced by pedagogical actions, such as advancing awareness and a sense of self, triggering mental images, integrating different functions, building a balance between mental and physical activities, and fostering positive emotions and experiences in learning situations. By reflecting on experience, embodied learning becomes more explicit and shareable.
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