Exploring sonic meaning and embodiment in human cultural transmission from a pedagogical perspective

Rebecca Rinsema, Jashen Edwards

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The authors explore how sonic materials, specifically everyday sounds and songs, create and communicate personal, sociocultural, and ecological meanings. From the lulling passages of a pastoral movement streaming through a symphony hall to the rollicking screams at stadium concerts to the roaring rhetoric and social distortions of divisive political-speak, sound and music signal frequencies and frictions at play in the human experience. Literacies are cultivated, sounds embodied, and ways of sensing, knowing, and being in the world are sonically communicated and established. What happens when sounds encountered in one's everyday experience are excavated, sampled, and remixed?. What new meanings may be derived? What old meanings might be challenged and reconstituted and reconstructed into new forms of knowing and being? What happens when songs or timeless tunes are analyzed and detangled from their ordinary meanings? How might listeners make the familiar strange and thus renew knowings? And what does any of this mean for the flux and firmness of human cultures in motion?

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number671486
JournalFrontiers in Communication
StatePublished - 2021


  • anthropocentrism
  • critical pedagogy
  • embodiment
  • formalism
  • music
  • music education
  • pop-drop
  • sound studies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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