1st Edition

The Learner-Centered Music Classroom Models and Possibilities

Edited By David A Williams, Jonathan R Kladder Copyright 2020
    200 Pages
    by Routledge

    200 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Learner-Centered Music Classroom: Models and Possibilities is a resource for practicing music teachers, providing them with practical ideas and lesson plans for implementing learner-centered pedagogical concepts into their music classrooms. The purpose of this book is to propose a variety of learner-centered models for music teaching and learning through the use of a variety of autoethnographic viewpoints. Nine contributors provide working and concrete examples of learner-centered models from their classrooms. Offering lesson plan ideas in each of these areas, the contributors provide practical approaches for implementation of learner-centered approaches in music instruction across a variety of landscapes.

    Learner-centered teaching provides an approach to music education that encourages social, interactive, culturally responsive, creative, peer-based, open-formed, facilitated and democratic learning. Chapter 1 defines the what, why, and perceived benefits of learner-centered approaches in music teaching and learning contexts Chapters 2-10 will include example lesson plans, rubrics, etc. as models for teachers. The contributors to this book suggest that learner-centered approaches, when embedded into the culture and curricular framework of a music classroom, offer exciting approaches for teaching music in ways that are culturally and educationally appropriate in contemporary education.

    Chapter 1: Learner-Centered Teaching: Alternatives to the established Cultural Norm

    Jonathan Kladder, Ithaca College

    Chapter 2: The Elementary Music Classroom

    Zadda Bazzy, Queens Creek Elementary, North Carolina

    Chapter 3: Another View of the Elementary Music Classroom

    Christopher Burns, Lakeview Elementary School, Florida

    Chapter 4: The Traditional Secondary String Ensemble

    Sarah Gulish, Lower Moreland High School, Pennsylvania

    Chapter 5: The Traditional Secondary Concert Band

    David A. Williams, University of South Florida

    Chapter 6: The Traditional Secondary Vocal Ensemble

    Radio Cremata, Ithaca College

    Chapter 7: The  Secondary General Music Classroom  

    Patrick Cooper, University of South Florida

    Chapter 8: The Steel-Pan Ensemble

    Anne Fennell, Mission Vista High School, California

    Chapter 9: The Non-Traditional Secondary Music Performance Classroom

    Jonathan Kladder, Ithaca College

    Chapter 10: The Music Technology Class

    Nick Stefanic, Dixie Hollins High School, Florida


    David A. Williams is Associate Professor of Music Education and also Associate Director of the School of Music at the University of South Florida.

    Jonathan R. Kladder is Assistant Professor of Music Education at Ithaca College.