Developing Musical Sensitivity and Creativity through Various Forms of Play Activities

  • Hermie Fuentespina Cartagena University of the Philippines-Visayas
Keywords: creativity, holistic learning experience, music education, music sensitivity, play activities

Abstract

This paper presents the potential of various play activities in developing learner’s musical sensitivity and creativity. The K to12 music education curriculum guide of the Philippine Department of Education advocates the use of experiential learning and outcome-based learning in the classroom. One of the ways in which these methodologies can be promoted is by engaging learners in various play activities. However, there is a lack of literature showing the impact of such methodologies on Filipino learners. Using a priori deductive method, data from a series of interviews, observations, and video and picture analysis from this ethnographic case research were analysed to determine the implications of play activities in classroom music education. The interlocutors of the study are selected Ilonggo children, their parents, and some teachers. This study sought to answer the question of how can play activities be beneficial to classroom music education. Findings suggest that play activities can be a learning tool for the holistic development of the learners. Various forms of play activities provide an avenue for the learners to think or imagine situations divergently and have meaningful musical experiences as they portray various roles. Therefore, play activities provide the learners with a holistic learning experience and the agency to develop their musical sensitivity and creativity.

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Author Biography

Hermie Fuentespina Cartagena, University of the Philippines-Visayas

Hermie F. Cartagena is an Assistant Professor at the University of the Philippines Visayas, College of Arts and Sciences, Division of Professional Education, High School Department. He earned his Master’s degree in Music Education at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City in 2018.  He took up his Bachelor in Music Education minor in Physical Education at the West Visayas State University and graduated as cum laude, academic year 2010-2011. Cartagena is a lifetime member of the Philippine Society for Music Education. He is also a rondalla player, choir conductor, and dance instructor/choreographer. Cartagena has mounted various cultural performances showcasing the music and culture of the Philippines. Recently, he mounted tunog-tikang I (2019) and II  (2020) cultural shows highlighting Visayan music and dances. Aside from creative works, Cartagena also conducts a series of teacher and regional training-workshop in the Philippines at national levels.

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Published
2021-12-03
How to Cite
Cartagena, H. (2021). Developing Musical Sensitivity and Creativity through Various Forms of Play Activities. Malaysian Journal of Music, 10(2), 74-89. https://doi.org/10.37134/mjm.vol10.2.6.2021