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2nd Edition

Learning to Teach Music in the Secondary School
A Companion to School Experience

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ISBN 9781138129085
Published August 27, 2015 by Routledge
304 Pages

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Book Description

This new edition has been thoroughly revised to take account of recent changes to the curriculum. With a focus on evidence-based practice, this book aims to develop open and reflective practitioners who will critically examine their own and others’ ideas about music education and the way in which children learn music.

Providing an overview of contemporary issues in music teaching and learning from a range of perspectives, the book centres on teaching music musically, and enables the reader to:

  • place music education in its historical and social context
  • consider the nature of musical knowledge and how pupils learn musically.
  • critically analyse the statutory framework within which music teachers work
  • develop an understanding of the three key areas of composing, performing and appraising as well as issues such as creativity, individual needs and assessment
  • examine aspects of music beyond the classroom and how effective links can be made between curriculum music and music outside of school.

Including tasks, activities and reflections to help student-teachers to integrate the theory and practice of music education, this book will provide support, guidance, ideas and challenges for beginner teachers, and will be useful for mentors in schools and teacher educators.

Table of Contents


List of illustrations

List of contributors


Series Editors’ preface

Introduction: Learning to teach music

Chris Philpott and Gary Spruce

1.The place of music in the secondary school: ideology - history - justification

John Finney

2. Culture, society and musical learning

Gary Spruce

3. Musical learning and musical development

Chris Philpott

4. The national curriculum for music

Tim Cain

5. Music at key stage 4

James Haughton with Gary Spruce

6. Music at post-16

Chris Philpott with Chris Price and Mike Lewis

7. An integrated approach to lesson planning

Gary Spruce

8. The management and organisation of learning in the music classroom Chris Philpott

9. Creativity and music education

Chris Philpott

10. Is musical performance worth saving?

Jonathan Savage

11. Listening and appraising and the ideology of aesthetic listening Gary Spruce

12. Language and learning in music

Chris Philpott

13. Music related ICT in education

Bill Crow

14. Addressing individual needs and equality of opportunity in the music curriculum Ruth Wright

15. Assessment in music education

Chris Philpott

16. Transition in music education

Helen Coll

17. Beyond the classroom 1: instrumental and vocal teaching and learning

Julie Evans

18. Beyond the classroom 2: collaborative partnerships

Pauline Adams

Appendix A An induction guide to a school music department

Appendix B Subject specific tasks for primary experience




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Chris Philpott is Head of the Department of Secondary Education at the University of Greenwich, UK.

Gary Spruce is subject leader for the flexible PGCE music course at The Open University, UK.


'Contributors include leading names in music education and the wealth of experience is reflected in the ease with which they give succinct, lucid overviews of theoretical issues and relate them to the practicalities of life in the classroom. Discussion and presentation tasks within each chapter ensure that readers are actively involved and forced to examine their own thinking ... Well worth reading and would make a useful addition to any music department bookshelf.' – Aelwyn Pugh, Times Educational Supplement