3rd Edition

Learning to Teach Music in the Secondary School
A companion to school experience

ISBN 9780415713092
Published April 13, 2016 by Routledge
264 Pages

USD $52.95

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Book Description

This 3rd edition of Learning to Teach Music in the Secondary School has been thoroughly revised to take account of the latest initiatives, research and scholarship in the field of music education, and the most recent changes to the curriculum. By focusing on overarching principles, it aims to develop reflective practitioners who will creatively and critically examine their own and others’ ideas about music education, and the ways in which children learn music.

Providing an overview of contemporary issues in music teaching and learning from a range of perspectives, the book focuses 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 teachers can facilitate their students to learn musically
  • critically analyse the frameworks within which music teachers work
  • develop an understanding of composing, performing and responding to music, as well as key 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 a range of case studies, tasks and reflections to help student teachers integrate the theory and practice of music education effectively, this new edition will provide invaluable support, guidance and challenges for teachers at all stages of their careers, as well as being a useful resource for teacher educators in a wide range of settings.


Table of Contents


List of illustrations

List of contributors

Series Editors’ preface

Introduction: Learning to teach music

Carolyn Cooke, Keith Evans, 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. The What, How and Where of Musical Learning and Development

Chris Philpott

4. Language and Learning in Music

Chris Philpott with Keith Evans

5. What is a Music Curriculum?

Carolyn Cooke with Gary Spruce

6. An Integrated Approach to Lesson Planning

Gary Spruce

7. Behaviour for Musical Learning

Carolyn Cooke

8. Creativity and Music Education

Chris Philpott with Keith Evans

9. Performing for Musical Understanding

Keith Evans

10. Listening and Responding and the Ideology of Aesthetic Listening

Gary Spruce

11. Framing Conceptions of Technology for Learning in Music – Implications for Pedagogy

Duncan Mackrill with Alison Daubney

12. Addressing Individual Needs and Equality of Opportunity in Music Education

Chris Philpott, Ruth Wright with Keith Evans and Sally Zimmermann

13. Assessment in Music Education

Chris Philpott with Keith Evans

14. Collaboration

Julie Evans

15. Music, the Arts and Education

Chris Philpott



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Carolyn Cooke was previously Lecturer in Music Education at The Open University, UK, and is currently completing a PhD in Music Education at the University of Aberdeen, UK.

Keith Evans is Senior Lecturer in Music Education at the University of Greenwich, UK.

Chris Philpott is Reader in Music Education at the University of Greenwich, UK.

Gary Spruce is Senior Lecturer in Education at The Open University, UK, with responsibility for Music Initial Teacher Education (ITE). He is also director of the University’s PGCE programme.