ERIC Number: EJ727856
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jan-1
Reference Count: 0
Building Curriculum-Based Concerts: Tired of the Same Old Approach to Your Ensemble's Concert and Festival Schedule?
Russell, Joshua A.
Music Educators Journal, v92 n3 p34 Jan 2006
Since--and even before--the National Standards for Music Education were published, music educators have tried to balance the expectations associated with the traditional performance curriculum and contemporary models of music education. The Standards-based curriculum challenges directors to consider how student experiences and learning can be broadened and made more meaningful. It's difficult to justify four years of enrollment in an ensemble class if the outcomes seem to be the same each year and for all students regardless of what grade they are in or how many years they have participated in the ensemble. One viable strategy is to design thematic concerts to take place at the end of each quarter. Concert repertoire can be rotated on a four-year basis so that all students have the chance to explore new information, skills, styles, cultures, and outcomes each year without repetition. These thematic concerts allow a director to focus on a specific genre or style of music. Each nine-week term could be its own rehearsal season, creating an opportunity to discover a breadth of repertoire over four years. (Contains 9 resources and 4 notes.)
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Musical Instruments, National Standards, Music Activities, Music Teachers, Music Education, Music Techniques, Thematic Approach
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