Today's music teachers are in a position to make advances that were not dreamed of in the mid-twentieth century by Jacques-Dalcroze, Carl Orff, Zoltan Kodaly, or those who developed Comprehensive Musicianship. Yet the principles espoused by these innovators offer a vision of music education that the world is only beginning to realize. The MENC National Standards include aspects of music literacy and personal fulfillment these methodologies have advocated for many years: music for all, singing as a basis for musicianship, moving to music, instrumental experience, analytical thinking, listening to music, improvising and composing. The authors have designed this book to help teachers promote musical learning in these areas by making knowledgeable curricular choices among methods.
Special features set this book apart:
- 1. Goals and Objectives and suggested skill hierarchies are given for each approach in four levelsearly elementary, upper elementary, middle school-high school, and university.
- 2. Detailed teaching techniques show how to use each method at each level.
- 3. Sample lesson plans include numerous musical examples.
- 4. National Standards are described and discussed.
- 5. Suggestions are given for appropriate use of technology in the study of music.
- 6. The four methods are compared in their approach to creating, moving, singing and playing, musical reading and writing, and performing and listening.
- 7. A brief history of music education in North America relates the acceptance and spread of these four approaches.
Table of contents
1. Method in North American Music Teaching: The Beginnings.
2. Influences on Methods, Approaches, and Philosophies of Teaching Music.
3. Technology and Music Education.
4. The Approach of Emile Jacques-Dalcroze.
5. The Kodály Method.
6. The Orff Approach.
7. Comprehensive Musicianship: An American Technique and Philosophy for Teaching Music.
8. Achieving Goals and Objectives in School Music Programs via the Principles of Jacques-Dalcroze, Kodály, Orff, and Comprehensive Musicianship.
9. Grades K-1-2.
10. Grades 3-4-5.
11. Grades 6-7-8.
12. Method in Music for Older Students.
13. Which Method?
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