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ERIC Number: EJ833729
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0027-4321
Stepping Aside: Teaching in a Student-Centered Music Classroom
Blair, Deborah V.
Music Educators Journal, v95 n3 p42-45 2009
While the teacher is still the coordinator and designer of classroom musical experiences, the teacher does not need to direct every activity every moment. The teacher's role is important, but it changes to shift the focus of classroom instruction from what the teacher will do to what the students will figure out. This includes carefully crafting lessons that "allow for" and--in order to be successful--"necessitate" that students be creatively engaged with the music. Such lesson design requires finding ways that allow students to "be" composers, listeners, or performers--to express new musical ideas through composing, to find broad and specific musical ideas when listening, to interpret music when performing. This "allowing for" is quite intentional, and requires that the teacher step back and no longer be the center of the musical experience, responsible for all the thinking and doing and musical decision making. It requires the teacher to trust and enable the students' budding musicianship, rather than requiring students to mimic their teacher's musicianship. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Language: English
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