The International Journal of Critical Pedagogy

Sounding the Sacred Headwaters: Applied Ecomusicology as a Critical Pedagogy of Music

Michael B. MacDonald


Ecomusicology and the critical pedagogy of music share a common concern for music and environment. Using social systems theory this paper draws out Freire’s pedagogy for critical consciousness—the practice of bringing immanent epistemologies into awareness—and its importance for critical ecological literacy in the new epoch of Anthropocene. This discussion is grounding in an applied ecomusicology project called Sounding the Sacred Headwaters that suggests a central place for Critical Multiliteracies Pedagogy (CMP) in a critical pedagogy of music. 


ethnography; critical pedagogy of music; critical multiliteracies pedagogy

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