1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Creativities in Music Education

Edited By Clint Randles, Pamela Burnard Copyright 2023
    632 Pages 55 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    632 Pages 55 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Viewing the plurality of creativity in music as being of paramount importance to the field of music education, The Routledge Companion to Creativities in Music Education provides a wide-ranging survey of practice and research perspectives.

    Bringing together philosophical and applied foundations, this volume draws together an array of international contributors, including leading and emerging scholars, to illuminate the multiple forms creativity can take in the music classroom, and how new insights from research can inform pedagogical approaches.

    In over 50 chapters, it addresses theory, practice, research, change initiatives, community, and broadening perspectives. A vital resource for music education researchers, practitioners, and students, this volume helps advance the discourse on creativities in music education.

    PART 1: Theoretical Good Vibrations

    1. Tuning up: Creativities illuminate our discourse

    Clint Randles and Pamela Burnard

    2. On Creativities and Traditions: A Confucian Perspective with Insights for Music Education

    Leonard Tan and Mengchen Lu

    3. Cyberfeminism and "creativities": Artivism for music teaching and learning

    Marissa Silverman

    4. Interpretation and Listening in the Domain of Music and Sound Creativities

    Rebecca M. Rinsema

    5. Re-thinking Planning for a Creative Music Curriculum

    Victoria Kinsella and Martin Fautley

    6. Playing with Freedom: A Reimagining of Play and Imagination in Vocal Music Education

    Kexin Xu

    7. Information literacy as a factor for musical creativity enhancement: Challenges and prospects for music education

    Charilaos Lavranos and Charles Patterson

    8. Multiple Creativities as a Natural Progression of the Origins of the Universe: A Justification for Music Education from Spirituality

    Clint Randles

    PART 2: Foundational Creativities

    9. Teacher-as-Improvisational Artist: Weaving the Web of Inclusive Praxis in Early Childhood and Elementary Music

    Karen Salvador and Erika J. Knapp

    10. Video Clubs as Catalysts for Developing Music Educators’ Creative Music Making Practices

    Donna J. Gallo

    11. Where does that go? Responding to disruption in higher education through technology and creativities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

    Malachi Apudo-Achola

    Part 3: New Possibilities for New Creativities: Inspiring/Catalyzing Curriculum Change


    12. Beyond the surface of culturally responsive pedagogies: Hip-Hop, creativity and affirming the voices of students of color

    Judy Lewis

    13. Sparking and Sustaining the Songwriting Process

    adam patrick bell, Juan Cacho, and Ismail Okasha

    14. Beyond ‘careers’: composing musical lives through metamusical creativity

    Lloyd McArton

    15. Teaching and learning creativity as content: A tool-dependent process

    Niklas Rudback and Cecilia Wallerstedt

    16. Music Educators Perspectives on Songwriting

    Lauren Ryals

    17. Songwriting Class as a Place for Healing

    John Kratus

    18. Group Creativities: Mapping The Creative Process of Mobile Music Creation

    Jason Chi Wai Chen

    19. Children’s Traditional Playground Musicking, Creativity, and Media Culture

    Martina Vasil

    20. The DAW Revolution

    Matthew Clauhs and Brian Dozoretz

    21. Through the Lens of Collaborative Creativity: Examining Compositional Processes in a GarageBand Activity Based on Group Assignment

    Samuel C. Holmes

    22. Pursuing diversity and inclusivity through hip hop music genres: Insights for mainstream music curricula

    Pamela Burnard, Pete Dale, Simon Glenister, Jim Reiss, Raphael Travis, Elliot Gann and Alinka Greasley

    Part 4: Playing the Changes: Attuning to Diverse Creativities in Practice

    23. The Pendulum Swings Tired: Dewey’s "Passivity, Activity and Creativity in a Progressive Secondary Music Classroom

    Brad Anthony Fuller and James Henry Byrne Humberstone

    24. The Transformation of the Kenyan Higher Music Education Space

    Emily Achieng’ Akuno

    25. Creating spaces for Songwriters, Collaborators and Musicians in Higher Education

    Jonathan Kladder and Radio Cremata

    26. Activist Pluralism as Intercultural Creativity in Conservatory Education

    James Henry Byrne Humberstone and Caitlin Bree Sandiford

    27. A Case for Adopting a Collaborative Pedagogical Model in the Large Ensemble Music Classroom to Open the Door for Diverse Creativities

    Lauren Yacht

    PART 5: Creativities Authored With/In the Wider Community

    28. Online Music Learning: Which Creativities Matter?

    Michele Biasutti

    29. The Creativities of an Online Music Community During a Global Health Crisis

    Emmett James O’Leary

    30. Activating and Developing Free Improvisational Creativities in Higher Education: Contesting Authority, Exploring Creativities, Stimulating Dialogue

    Chris Atton, Matthew Cowan, Harry Docherty, Kaelin Farnish, Zack Moir, and Euan Pattie

    31. Collaborative Compositional Creativity: Composers’ perspectives on student and teacher input

    Tessandra Wendzich and Bernard W. Andrews

    32. Taking a Leaf from "Giant Steps": A Small Step Towards Future-Readiness

    Eddy Chong

    33. Creativities in music and creativities through music: Symbiotic weaknesses in Greek-Cypriot Primary Education

    Stavros Makris, Graham Welch and Evangelos Himonides

    34. Supporting Multiple Musical Creativities with Generations Z and Alpha Through a Compassionate Music Teaching Approach

    Karin S. Hendricks

    35. #creativityeveryday- Instagram as a creative tool

    Himasha Gunasekara, Cheryl Brown and Stuart Wise

    Part 6: Re-thinking, Re-searching, Re-visioning Creativities in Performance

    36. Making silence matter: Rethinking Performance Creativity as a Catalyzing Space for Sounding Oneself in Music Education

    Pamela Burnard and Nick Sorensen

    37. Ubimus strategies for colocated and remote educational activities: Harmonic Walk and Live Patching

    Damián Keller, Marcella Mandanici, and Marcello Messina

    38. Embodied Music Pedagogy and Musical Creativities in Action

    Dylan van der Schyff

    39. Gratitude During Times of Uncertainty: Connections to Creativities in Music Education

    H. Christian Bernhard II

    40. Musical Creativities, Spirituality, and Playing Drum Kit in Black Light Bastards

    Gareth Dylan Smith

    41. Voicing plural creative experiences without a voice

    Thomas Moors and Evangelos Himonides

    42. In amongst transdisciplinary dialogue and participatory creativity: Group improvisation in secondary school

    Carlos Lage-Gómez & Roberto Cremades-Andreu

    43. Understanding the Terrain in Creativities Research: Mapping an International Symposium in Music Education

    Asher Carlson, Jazmin Ghent, Brian Panetta, Charles Patterson, and Clint Randles

    Part 7: Widening Perspectives: New Departures and New Positionings

    44. Instrumental Music Education: intra-action and relationality for creative pedagogies in the music studio learning

    Leon R de Bruin

    45. Project-Based Learning and Student’s Individual Creativity in Music Teacher Education: Learning, Teaching, and Performing Popular Music in Virtual Spaces

    Jonathan Kladder

    46. Students as the Educator: A Student-centric Model for Curriculum Development

    Jonathan McElroy

    47. Creativity Development, Service Learning, and Spirituality in Music Education

    Alexander Koops

    48. Reconfiguring the Future of Music Education through Pluralism, Openness and Authorship of New Creativities

    Pamela Burnard and Clint Randles


    Clint Randles is Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of South Florida School of Music, where he teaches and conducts research on contemporary musicianship, music production, recording arts, songwriting, and creativity conceptions.

    Pamela Burnard is Professor of Arts, Creativities and Educations at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. She is an international expert in creativities research and practice.