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Teaching Music Creatively

By Pamela Burnard, Regina Murphy

© 2013 – Routledge

188 pages | 41 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2013-05-30
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Offering a brand new approach to teaching music in the primary classroom, Teaching Music Creatively provides training and qualified teachers with a comprehensive understanding of how to effectively deliver a creative music curriculum. Exploring research-informed teaching ideas, diverse practices and approaches to music teaching, the authors offer well-tested strategies for developing children’s musical creativity, knowledge, skills and understanding.

With ground-breaking contributions from international experts in the field, this book presents a unique set of perspectives on music teaching. Key topics covered include:

  • Creative teaching, and what it means to teach creatively;
  • Composition, listening and notation;
  • Spontaneous music-making;
  • Group music and performance;
  • The use of multimedia;
  • Integration of music into the wider curriculum;
  • Musical play;
  • Cultural diversity;
  • Assessment and planning.

Packed with practical, innovative ideas for teaching music in a lively and creative way, together with the theory and background necessary to develop a comprehensive understanding of creative teaching methods, Teaching Music Creatively is an invaluable resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students in initial teacher training, practising teachers, and undergraduate students of music and education.

Table of Contents

1. Teaching music creatively Pam Burnard 2. Exploring children’s musical play Kathryn Marsh 3. Engaging interactively with children’s group improvisations Pam Burnard with Jenny Boyack 4. Children composing: creating communities of musical practice Pam Burnard with Jenny Boyack and Gillian Howell 5. Becoming performers: creating participatory spaces collaboratively Pam Burnard with Emily Akuno, Jenny, Gillian, Debra Blair and Marcelo Giglio 6. Singing the primary curriculum James Biddulph and Jane Wheeler 7. Exploring new media musically and creatively Alex Ruthman 8. Enhancing creativity through listening to music Regina Murphy 9. Exciting children’s invented notations Rena Upitis 10. Integrating music in the primary curriculum Regina Murphy 11. Assessing creatively Regina Murphy 12. Using a whole music approach creatively Rena Upitis

About the Authors

Pamela Burnard is Reader in Education at the University of Cambridge, UK.

Regina Murphy is Senior Lecturer at St Patrick’s College, Dublin City University, Ireland.

About the Series

Learning to Teach in the Primary School Series

The Learning to Teach in the Primary School Series offers support and ideas for student and practising teachers, enriching their knowledge, understanding and pedagogic experience in relation to creative teaching and learning. Packed with imaginative ideas and practical suggestions, the books are underpinned by theory and research to help teachers develop more creative approaches to teaching and to successfully engage their students with the subject. Theoretical perspectives from both the particular subject domain and field of creativity are included throughout to widen teachers’ knowledge and increase the contemporary relevance of the texts. The books highlight the importance of developing children’s knowledge, skills and understanding, as well as their attitudes and engagement in learning, while references to relevant research help to inform teachers’ own research and writing for initial teacher training and professional development purposes.

The series complements the textbook Learning to Teach in the Primary School, edited by J. Arthur and T. Cremin, but the books are also able to stand alone. They reflect the evolving nature of subject teaching in the primary school and profile the integration of the core curriculum into a wider, more creative, primary curriculum.

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Gillian Howell creates an Alphabet Dance