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ERIC Number: EJ852197
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1069-7446
Two Perspectives on Method in Undergraduate Music Education
Coppola, Cathy
Teaching Music, v17 n1 p60 Aug 2009
Suzuki, Kodaly, Orff, Dalcroze, Gordon--if one is a music education student, he should be familiar with all these names. But just how familiar? Faced with curricular requirements and limitations, students may struggle to gain a deeper knowledge of these methods. What should they be expected to know about any single one, and how should they go about learning it? Amy Beegle, assistant professor of music education at Pacific Lutheran University, advises that undergraduates begin by maintaining a limited focus on one or two methodologies, "to go beyond skimming the surface." However, she also provides her first-year students with the basic components of every method "so that they can choose to use tools and techniques from the method(s) that best suit them and their future students." While Mark Robin Campbell, associate professor of music education at the Crane School of Music, concurs that intensive study of a particular method is best pursued after the undergraduate program is completed, he offers an alternative to methodology: "For college students in programs leading to music teaching, I might suggest that they begin to shift their thinking from how to teach--focusing on specific methods and predetermined outcomes--to what to learn--focusing on how music is perceived, experienced, and expressed." This alternative is predicated on contemporary theory, which suggests that "for music teachers at all phases of development, we might turn away from transmitting content to our students (methods) to co-constructing content with our students (learning)."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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