Teaching General Music



By Carlos R. Abril and Brent M. Gault

This book examines the most widely used approaches and methods for general music education and presents the perceived and documented benefits, limitations, challenges, and potentials of each. These approaches and methods include Dalcroze, Informal Learning, Interdisciplinary, Kodály, Music Learning Theory, Orff Schulwerk, Social Constructivism, and World Music Pedagogy. Leading music educators in the various areas contribute to this book.

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Introduction: Teaching General Music – Carlos R. Abirl and Brent M. Gault
1.  Untangling General Music Education: Concept, Aims, and Practice – Carlos R. Abril  

2.  Orff Schulwerk: releasing and Developing the Musical Imagination – Amy Beegle and Judith Bond  
3.  Teaching Music with a Social Constructivist Vision of Learning – Jackie Wiggins
4.  Kodály-Inspired Teaching: A Bridge to Musical Fluency – Brent M. Gault
5.  World Music Pedagogy: Where Music Meets Culture in Classroom Practice – Patricia Shehan Campbell  
6.  Learning with Digital Media and Technology in Hybrid Music Classrooms – Evan S. Tobias
7.  The Dalcroze Approach: Experiencing and Knowing Music Through Embodied Exploration – Marja-Leena Juntunen
8.  Adopting an Interdisciplinary Approach to General Music – Janet R. Barrett  
9.  Music Learning Theory: A Theoretical Framework in Action – Cynthia Crump Taggart  
10. Informal Learning in General Music Education – Ruth Wright

Issues and Viewpoints
11. Thinking About and Responding to Culture in General Music – Carlos R. Abril and Jacqueline Kelly-McHale
12. Shifting Landscapes in the 21st Century: Adaptability and Flexibility in General Music Teaching – Chee-Hoo Lum
13. Questioning the Unmusical Ways We Teach Children Music – Peggy D. Bennett  
14. Applying the Principles of Universal Design for Learning in General Music – Alice-Ann Darrow
15. Teaching General Music in the Digital Age – Ann Clements 
16. “Reading” Methods – Cathy Benedict

Conclusion: Looking Back, Moving Forward – Brent M. Gault


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