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Teaching Music Creatively

2nd Edition

By Pamela Burnard, Regina Murphy


206 pages | 41 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Authors

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.

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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