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The Musical ExperienceRethinking Music Teaching and Learning$
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Janet R. Barrett and Peter R. Webster

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199363032

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199363032.001.0001

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Creative Application

Creative Application

A Way to Include Music Composition and Improvisation in the General Music Curriculum

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(p.183) 11 Creative Application
Source:
The Musical Experience
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Lois Veenhoven Guderian

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199363032.003.0011

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.


Keywords:   improvisation, composition, general music, learning community, inquiry, improvisation assignments, composition assignments, student-centered practices, teacher-directed practices

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