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ERIC Number: EJ782020
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0027-4321
What Are Music Educators Doing and How Well Are We Doing It? Traditional Large-Group Performance May Not Be the Best Goal of Music Education When the Way Society Experiences Music Is Changing
Williams, David A.
Music Educators Journal, v94 n1 p18 Sep 2007
Paul Lehrman mentioned in Mix Magazine that school music programs, which traditionally have given students the precious opportunity to hear what real instruments sound like from both player's and listener's perspective, are in the toilet. Some within the profession have voiced similar concerns. K-12 music teachers have historically have had very little motivation to modify programs especially classroom activities such as large group ensembles. Many music teachers seem to focus solely on large-group performances, which adds pressure on teachers to sustain the size and quality of performance groups. In this article, the author observes how large-group performance has limited music teachers access to their students. As such, the author suggests that teachers should be brave enough to offer opportunities for students to find music interesting and relevant. (Contains 19 notes.)
MENC: The National Association for Music Education. P.O. Box 1584, Birmingham, AL 35201. Tel: 800-336-3768; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A