Multisensory Musical Design: Views for music as a Phenomenal Framework for Human, Phenomena-based Education

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Emotional capacity in music creates an innate human resource for well-being, learning, and interaction, inspired by sound environments, and integrated into life experiences through holistic, multisensory experiences. Sounds connect with natural instincts and cultural history. Today, the weak position of the arts strengthens the negative perception of them, shown in hardening societal values. In musical-artistic experiences, individuals and societies breathe better, and cultural phenomena and societies are thus recreated.
This paper proposes Multisensory Musical Design (MMD) as a musical cornerstone for human-oriented education. MMD is motivated by an understanding of human sensitive, social, and emotional qualities as they relate to tacit knowledge supported by music. I contemplate human artistic resources as a support for societal wellbeing, grounded in education. At the core of the MMD model, sounds and music create a natural power for human behavior via three basic concepts: faces, spaces, and timelines. Fetal multisensory processes linked with musical sounds in multidisciplinary dialogues are defined in music. The emotional dimension with flow (Csikszentmihalyi 2008), and the comprehension of multiple ways of knowledge with experience connect with music and tacit knowledge (Polanyi 1983), highlighted here as a foundation for human nature.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-47
Number of pages33
JournalThe International Journal of Arts Education
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 3 Mar 2021
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Emotions
  • Flow
  • Multisensory experiences
  • Music integration
  • Tacit knowledge
  • holistic wellbeing

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