Journal article

From Necker Cubes to Polyrhythms: Fostering a Phenomenological Attitude in Music Education

Dylan Van der Schyff

Phenomenology & Practice | University of Alberta Libraries | Published : 2016

Abstract

Phenomenology is explored as a way of helping students and educators open up to music as a creative and transformative experience. I begin by introducing a simple exercise in experimental phenomenology involving multi-stable visual phenomena that can be explored without the use of complex terminology. Here, I discuss how the “phenomenological attitude” may foster a deeper appreciation of the structure of consciousness, as well as the central role the body plays in how we experience and form understandings of the worlds we inhabit. I then explore how the phenomenological attitude may serve as a starting point for students and teachers as they begin to reflect on their involvement with music a..

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