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ERIC Number: EJ727849
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-1
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0027-4321
New Music: How Music Educators Can Save an Endangered Species
Costes, Therese
Music Educators Journal, v92 n2 p50 Nov 2005
Music educators today have a responsibility and a unique opportunity to introduce their students to the art music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Elementary and secondary school students should know that composers are living and working in their communities. They should be aware of the diverse styles and genres of contemporary music and have an opportunity to play works of new music. When music educators fail to help students build a relationship with new music, they contribute to the continued fragmentation of new and old music, played out in their failure to connect twentieth- and twenty-first-century music to its historical past. To find new music meaningful, one needs to understand how music written in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries is a continuation of the artistic achievements of earlier times, that styles and genres are dynamic, and that new styles and genres have continued to emerge and develop. Without an understanding of historical context and development, listeners are apt to dismiss, dislike, or simply ignore new music because the stylistic gap between new and old music is simply too wide for them to bridge. In this article, the author suggests activities that most music educators can easily carry out to introduce students to contemporary music. (Contains 8 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A