2nd Edition

Teaching Music Creatively

By Pamela Burnard, Regina Murphy Copyright 2017
    228 Pages 41 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    228 Pages 41 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Fully updated in light of the latest research and practice in primary education, Teaching Music Creatively offers all teachers a comprehensive understanding of how to develop, deliver and enjoy a creative music curriculum. It is inspired by the belief that all those concerned with primary education have a deep interest in creativity and supports teachers in developing the confidence to teach and celebrate creative music teaching throughout school.

    With groundbreaking contributions from international experts in the field, it offers well-tested strategies for developing children’s musical creativity, knowledge, skills and understanding. This edition includes a brand new chapter on teaching interculturally, showing how children can reach their full creative potential and not be constrained by cultural stereotyping.

    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

    ■ Assessment and planning.

    Teaching Music Creatively is packed with practical, innovative ideas for teaching music in a lively and imaginative way, together with the theory and background necessary to develop a comprehensive understanding of creative teaching methods. It is an invaluable resource for all those training to become primary school teachers, as well as practicing teachers looking for support and inspiration and undergraduate students of music and education.

    1. Teaching music creatively  Pamela Burnard

    2. Sounding children's (inter-)cultural practices through musical play  Kathryn Marsh

    3. Engaging interactively with children's group improvisations  Pamela Burnard and Jenny Boyack

    4. Children composing: creating communities of musical practice  Pamela Burnard Jenny Boyack and Gillian Howell

    5. Becoming performers: creating participatory spaces collaboratively  Pamela Burnard and Gillian Howell with Emily Okuno, Jenny Boyack, Deborah 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. Celebrating children's invented notations  Renu Upitis

    10. Integrating music in the primary curriculum  Regina Murphy

    11. Assessing creatively  Regina Murphy

    12. Using a whole-music approach creatively  Rena Upitis

    13. Teaching music interculturally: Posing questions, creating possibilities  Liz Mackinlay

    14. Teaching music creatively in creative learning communities Pamela Burnard


    Pamela Burnard is Professor of Arts, Creativities and Education at the University of Cambridge, UK.

    Regina Murphy is Head of School of Arts Education and Movement at the Institute of Education, Dublin City University, Ireland.