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Oxford University Press Teaching General Music: Approaches, Issues, and Viewpoints - Abril/Gault - Book

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Editors: Carlos R. Abril, Brent M. Gault
Format: Book
Version: Text Book

General music is informed by a variety of teaching approaches and methods. These pedagogical frameworks guide teachers in planning and implementing instruction. Established approaches to teaching general music must be understood, critically examined, and possibly re-imagined for their potential in school and community music education programs.

Teaching General Music brings together the top scholars and practitioners in general music education to create a panoramic view of general music pedagogy and to provide critical lenses through which to view these frameworks. The collection includes an examination of the most prevalent approaches to teaching general music, including Dalcroze, Informal Learning, Interdisciplinary, Kodaly, Music Learning Theory, Orff Schulwerk, Social Constructivism, and World Music Pedagogy. In addition, it provides critical analyses of general music and teaching systems, in light of the ways children around the world experience music in their lives.

Rather than promoting or advocating for any single approach to teaching music, this book presents the various approaches in conversation with one another. Highlighting the perceived and documented benefits, limits, challenges, and potentials of each, Teaching General Music offers myriad lenses through which to re-read, re-think, and re-practice these approaches.


Carlos R. Abril and Brent M. Gault
1. Untangling General Music Education: Concept, Theory, 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. Kodaly-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 Tobias
7. The Dalcroze Approach: Experiencing and Knowing Music through the 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. 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

17. Looking Back, Moving Forward
Brent M. Gault

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