ERIC Number: EJ1200415
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Demystifying World Music Education: From Guiding Principles to Meaningful Practice
Mellizo, Jennifer M.
General Music Today, v32 n2 p18-23 Jan 2019
Over the past several decades, music education scholars have put forth a variety of convincing rationales for world music education. Yet the gap between theory and practice in this area persists. In theoretical ways, practicing music educators acknowledge the value of world music learning experiences, but many remain reluctant to fully embrace and embody this approach in practice. Through this article, one practicing general music educator shares her personal experience of writing, implementing, and subsequently observing another music educator use a new world music curriculum resource, inspired by the music traditions of the Fon people in southern Benin. As our understanding of world music pedagogy continues to evolve, more practicing music educators should share their unique perspectives and experiences. These "snapshots" from the field can help other (perhaps more hesitant) music educators envision what this pedagogical approach might look like in their own classrooms.
Descriptors: Music, Music Education, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries, Music Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Learning Experience, Observation, Curriculum Development, Musical Instruments, Cultural Pluralism, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students, African Culture
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Benin