Sounding Composition

Multimodal Pedagogies for Embodied Listening

Sounding Composition demonstrates that sound surrounds us, but the book also, perhaps more importantly, equips us with techniques for cultivating sensibilities for listening, producing, teaching, relating, and composing new sonic realities. Ceraso has offered rhetoric, sound studies, and those interested in multimodal pedagogy a project that will resonate for a very long time.
Casey Boyle, University of Texas

In Sounding Composition Steph Ceraso reimagines listening education to account for twenty-first century sonic practices and experiences. Sonic technologies such as audio editing platforms and music software allow students to control sound in ways that were not always possible for the average listener. While digital technologies have presented new opportunities for teaching listening in relation to composing, they also have resulted in a limited understanding of how sound works in the world at large. Ceraso offers an expansive approach to sonic pedagogy through the concept of multimodal listening—a practice that involves developing an awareness of how sound shapes and is shaped by different contexts, material objects, and bodily, multisensory experiences. Through a mix of case studies and pedagogical materials, she demonstrates how multimodal listening enables students to become more savvy consumers and producers of sound in relation to composing digital media, and in their everyday lives.

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Steph Ceraso

Steph Ceraso is an assistant professor of digital writing and rhetoric at the University of Virginia.

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