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The Learner-Centered Music Classroom
Models and Possibilities

ISBN 9780367204464
Published July 26, 2019 by Routledge
200 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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.