ERIC Number: EJ1093304
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Creating Compositional Community in Your Classroom
Stringham, David A.
Music Educators Journal, v102 n3 p46-52 Mar 2016
In performance-focused ensemble classrooms, students and teachers often work toward convergent solutions (e.g., accurate notes and rhythms, agreeing on interpretation). Hierarchical structures may be in place in which it is considered inappropriate to question or disagree with an interpretation set forth by the leader. Teaching composition, in contrast, calls for both peers and teachers to stimulate divergent thinking that draws out a composer's expressive intentions and compositional craftsmanship. This type of environment may be less familiar to those who have spent considerable time in performance-centered contexts. This article offers strategies for creating a supportive, safe, and collaborative community in which students and teachers share compositions, provide feedback, promote critical thinking, and encourage composers in developing and performing their work.
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Music Activities, Music Education, Musical Composition, Teaching Methods, Teacher Role, Educational Strategies, Music Teachers, Student Participation, Values, Communities of Practice
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