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ERIC Number: EJ1021062
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0027-4321
Composition and Recorders: A Motivating Experience
Birnie, Rebecca A.
Music Educators Journal, v100 n3 p73-78 Mar 2014
Composition with students on the elementary level sparks imagination and creativity while engaging students in an experience that can demonstrate personal musical growth. Traditionally, music educators have not been taught how to compose music, let alone lead their students in composing experiences. As music educators take the beginning steps of guiding students to a well-modeled, successful composition experience, the process can yield great success for students. By combining elementary recorder instruction and the beginnings of written composition, students experience a new avenue for creativity and personal expression. This article provides a practical way in which music educators can incorporate composition into their classrooms. Students experience composition through independent and cooperative learning, performance, and assessment by both teacher and peers. The result is a positive, motivating experience that strengthens the experience of composition and performance.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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