Learning to Teach Music in the Secondary School

A Companion to School Experience, 2nd Edition

Edited by Chris Philpott, Gary Spruce

© 2011 – Routledge

304 pages

Purchasing Options:
Paperback: 9780415351058
pub: 2006-11-23
Hardback: 9781138129085
pub: 2015-08-27

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About the Book

This new edition has been thoroughly revised to take account of recent changes to the curriculum. With a focus on evidence-based practice, this book aims to develop open and reflective practitioners who will critically examine their own and others’ ideas about music education and the way in which children learn music.

Providing an overview of contemporary issues in music teaching and learning from a range of perspectives, the book centres on teaching music musically, and enables the reader to:

  • place music education in its historical and social context
  • consider the nature of musical knowledge and how pupils learn musically.
  • critically analyse the statutory framework within which music teachers work
  • develop an understanding of the three key areas of composing, performing and appraising as well as issues such as creativity, individual needs and assessment
  • examine aspects of music beyond the classroom and how effective links can be made between curriculum music and music outside of school.

Including tasks, activities and reflections to help student-teachers to integrate the theory and practice of music education, this book will provide support, guidance, ideas and challenges for beginner teachers, and will be useful for mentors in schools and teacher educators.


'Contributors include leading names in music education and the wealth of experience is reflected in the ease with which they give succinct, lucid overviews of theoretical issues and relate them to the practicalities of life in the classroom. Discussion and presentation tasks within each chapter ensure that readers are actively involved and forced to examine their own thinking … Well worth reading and would make a useful addition to any music department bookshelf.'Aelwyn Pugh, Times Educational Supplement

Table of Contents

CONTENTS Introduction: Learning to teach music Chris Philpott and Gary Spruce 1.The place of music in the secondary school: ideology - history - justification John Finney 2. Culture, society and musical learning Gary Spruce 3. Musical learning and musical development Chris Philpott 4. The national curriculum for music Tim Cain 5. Music at key stage 4 James Haughton with Gary Spruce 6. Music at post-16 Chris Philpott with Chris Price and Mike Lewis 7. An integrated approach to lesson planning Gary Spruce 8. The management and organisation of learning in the music classroom Chris Philpott 9. Creativity and music education Chris Philpott 10. Is musical performance worth saving? Jonathan Savage 11. Listening and appraising and the ideology of aesthetic listening Gary Spruce 12. Language and learning in music Chris Philpott 13. Music related ICT in education Bill Crow 14. Addressing individual needs and equality of opportunity in the music curriculum Ruth Wright 15. Assessment in music education Chris Philpott 16. Transition in music education Helen Coll 17. Beyond the classroom 1: instrumental and vocal teaching and learning Julie Evans 18. Beyond the classroom 2: collaborative partnerships Pauline Adams

About the Series

Learning to Teach Subjects in the Secondary School Series

Designed for all students learning to teach in secondary schools, and particularly those on school-based initial teacher education courses, the books in this series complement Learning to Teach in the Secondary School and its companion, Starting to Teach in the Secondary School.  Each book in the series applies underpinning theory and addresses practical issues to support students in school and in the training institution in learning how to teach a particular subject.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Secondary
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Arts & Humanities