ERIC Number: EJ859854
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Driving Music Education: Who's at the Wheel?
Townsend, Alfred S.
Teaching Music, v16 n1 p30-32 Aug 2008
At the dawn of the twenty-first century, teachers have all been influenced by exponential technological growth, a market-driven culture, and test-centered education. Music teachers who want to keep their classes moving in the right direction should emphasize quality. Paying more attention to the concept of quality can help move classes in the right direction. By concentrating on quality, program advocacy will be strengthened, students will gain blue-chip experiences that will last beyond their school years, and these students will be better equipped to make decisions about what's important in life and learning because they will have been provided with standards of excellence. The central concept of high-quality teaching can be linked to six key areas of instruction: (1) Content; (2) Creativity; (3) Communication; (4) Comprehension; (5) Connections; and (6) Character. The author discusses these six areas of instruction and provides some ideas on how quality can influence each of these six areas. (Contains a list of resources.)
Descriptors: Music Education, Music, Music Teachers, Educational Quality, Teaching Methods, Teacher Effectiveness, Creativity, Ethical Instruction, Standards, Excellence in Education, Parent Participation, Course Content
MENC: The National Association for Music Education. 1806 Robert Fulton Drive, Reston, VA 20191. Tel: 800-336-3768; Tel: 703-860-4000; Web site: http://www.menc.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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