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ERIC Number: EJ878592
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0190-4922
Music and Community: Interdependence and Shared Learning in an Undergraduate Elementary Music Methods Course
Koops, Lisa Huisman
Contributions to Music Education, v36 n2 p9-23 2009
In this study, the author investigated the creation of a community of learners in an under- graduate elementary music methods course. Participants included undergraduate students (n = 23) and a professor at a Midwestern liberal arts college. Data consisted of fieldnotes from class observations and interviews with the professor and students. The following priorities and concepts emerged as themes: interdependence, shared learning, personal growth, safe environment, and inclusiveness. The success of the community of learners seemed to be due in part to the professor's dynamic, student-centered, interdependent approach to the course. Transferable aspects related to the creation of a community of learners by the professor and students could include use of students' names, participation in playful activities, mutual respect, incorporation of student input, and awareness of the role of music in people's lives.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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