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Teaching General MusicApproaches, Issues, and Viewpoints$
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Carlos R. Abril and Brent M. Gault

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199328093

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199328093.001.0001

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Adopting an Interdisciplinary Approach to General Music

Adopting an Interdisciplinary Approach to General Music

(p.168) Chapter Eight Adopting an Interdisciplinary Approach to General Music
Teaching General Music

Janet R. Barrett

Oxford University Press

Music influences, and in turn is influenced by, other disciplines. Its vital and dynamic presence in our lives lies at the heart of an interdisciplinary approach to general music. This chapter describes the principles and aims of such an approach, as well as the characteristics of teachers who see themselves as interdisciplinarians. The chapter begins with vignettes from elementary, middle, and high school settings that illustrate complementary relationships between music and closely related subjects. Music teachers can create interpretive spaces in which inquiry-based projects open up opportunities for expressive and creative experiences. Because this approach is relatively rare in music education, avenues for the future development of interdisciplinary perspectives are explored, including dispositions, skills, and understandings conducive to interdisciplinary teaching; the development of students’ relational thinking across subject areas; and pedagogical strategies that foster meaningful connections.

Keywords:   interdisciplinary approach in education, curriculum, integration, teacher knowledge, creative expression, student understanding, arts education

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