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Taking a Learner-Centred Approach to Music Education

Pedagogical Pathways, 1st Edition

By Laura Huhtinen-Hildén, Jessica Pitt


234 pages | 97 B/W Illus.

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Adopting a fresh approach to the assumptions and concepts which underlie musical learning, Taking a Learner-Centred Approach to Music Education provides comprehensive guidance on professional and pedagogical aspects of learner-centred practice.

This essential companionoffers a pedagogy which is at once informed by theoretical understandings, and is underpinned by experience, practical examples, case studies and self-reflection. Initial chapters explore the theoretical dimensions of learner-centred music education, touching on aspects including collaborative learning, the learning environment and pedagogical sensitivity. Latter chapters delve deeper into the practical application of these teaching strategies and methods. The book invites its reader to reflect on topics including:

  • music, emotions and interaction
  • the voice and body as instruments
  • making music visible and tangible
  • improvising and learning music with instruments
  • working with groups in creative activities
  • the music pedagogue as a sensitive and creative instrument.

Taking a Learner-Centred Approach to Music Education will deepen understanding, facilitate reflection and inspire new approaches to teaching in the field of music. It is essential reading for current and future practitioners involved in music education, early childhood music practice, community music, music therapy and special needs education.

Table of Contents


Part I: Underpinning a learner-centred approach to music education

Chapter One: Opening possibilities for learning

Chapter Two: Learning in and through music

Chapter Three: Collaborative learning in music

Chapter Four: Pedagogy – a sensitive improvisatory practice

Chapter Five: Planning – preparing for navigation and negotiation of music learning

Part II: Reflecting on learner-centred music education practice

Introduction to Part II

Theme 1: The group as an orchestra, team and learning environment

Theme 2: Music, emotions and interaction

Theme 3: Voice and body as first instruments

Theme 4: Making music visible and tangible

Theme 5: Improvising and learning music with instruments

Theme 6: Creating learning environments through imagination

Theme 7: The music pedagogue as a creative instrument

Song examples

List of examples, pathways and workshops

About the Authors

Dr Laura Huhtinen-Hildén is Senior Lecturer, Researcher and Head of Early Childhood Music Education and Community Music at Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Finland.

Dr Jessica Pitt is a researcher and early childhood music education consultant. She leads the MA in early years music at CREC (Centre for Research in Early Childhood), UK.

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