A Way to Include Music Composition and Improvisation in the General Music Curriculum
Developing effective teaching and learning practices that support students’ development in skills, knowledge, and creative thinking in music can be challenging for educators. This chapter describes a pedagogical approach for teaching and learning in general music that might be a way to address this challenge: the embedding of improvisation and composition assignments into comprehensive curriculum. Through creative application, teachers provide students with opportunities to apply what they are learning in creative ways. Within a learning community environment and a balance and blend of student-centered and teacher-directed practices for teaching and learning, creative application can support the development of children and youth’s learning in music and their understanding and skills for creative music making.
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