ERIC Number: ED211481
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
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Music. Essay on Teaching Able Students.
Forbes, A. Irving
In teaching courses on music at the secondary level, teachers should seek to broaden the horizons of beginners so that they may become more enlighted members of the audience world. Most formal courses in music at the secondary level are in the areas of music appreciation or harmony. Music appreciation usually begins with basic theory, with the class singing major and minor scales. When symphonies are being studied, the main themes are written on the board, and class members are expected to sing them to the best of their ability. The study of musical form naturally leads to a definition of the major period in history. When it is possible, parallels are drawn with the corresponding periods in art, architecture, and literature. An ideal program in a large school should also include the opportunity for private lessons as well as an orchestra, a glee club, and a stage band. Regular curricular offerings might also include a choir and wind and string instrumental ensembles. The music department should present a series of concerts throughout the year. Many of these will consist of students performing singly or in ensembles; others will be presented by faculty and guest artists. The chance of identifying and dealing with genuine musical talent is one that is a constant challenge to the music teacher. (JD)
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Classroom Techniques, Curriculum Design, Enrichment Activities, Music Appreciation, Music Education, Secondary Education, Student Evaluation, Talent Identification, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods
Not available separately; see SP 019 253.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: Phillips Exeter Academy NH