ERIC Number: EJ704539
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar-22
Reference Count: 5
Learning to Play and Teach West African Drumming: An Exploratory Experience for Preservice Teachers
McCord, Kimberly A.
General Music Today, v17 n3 p6 Spr 2004
Illinois State University (ISU), located in central Illinois, serves a large population of rural, suburban, and urban students. students are predominantly white. The music education curriculum requires multicultural music study, and students have opportunities for authentic experiences. During the semester before this course, students in elementary general music methods taught songs from Roots and Branches (McCullough-Brabson, Campbell, and Tucker 1994) and Music in Childhood (Scott-Kassner and Campbell 2002), which are both authored by leaders in world musics materials for general music teachers. Even so, this was not an in-depth experience in world musics. To better prepare students to teach world musics, the author wanted to provide them with an authentic non-Western musical training experience. The author developed an experience in which the secondary general music education students would learn West African drumming and then teach it as it is taught, rather than in the traditional ways students learn to teach. This article provides an overview of the experience.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Preservice Teachers, Music, Music Teachers, Music Education, Musical Instruments, Course Descriptions, Cultural Pluralism
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ghana; Illinois