Musical Classroom, The: Backgrounds, Models, and Skills for Elementary Teaching

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-01-01
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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For one-semester, undergraduate-level courses in Music for Children, Music in the Elementary School, Music in Childhood, Elementary Classroom Music, Elementary Music Methods. Assuming little or no musical background, this text shows students how music works, and demonstrates how to convey this understanding to others. It helps students develop skills in teaching music while offering them introductory experiences in playing and reading music. The text features lots of song material, information on learning instruments, and sample lessons. A CD is also available at a discount when packaged with the text.

Table of Contents

Inside Front Cover: National Standards for Music Education
Backgrounds for Teaching Music
Music in the Elementary School
An Introduction to the Elements of Music and Music Concepts
Music-Making Activities
The World of Music
Approaches to Curriculum
Curricular Developments
Planning and Assessing Music Learning
Model Experiences for Teaching Music
Model Experiences for Kindergarten and First Grade
Model Experiences for Second and Third Grades
Model Experiences for Fourth and Fifth Grades
Reference Material for Music Fundamentals
Evaluation Forms
Elementary Music Series
A Collection of Chants, Proverbs, and Poems
Timeline of Music
Materials and Equipment for Elementary Classroom Music
Contents of CD
Subject Index
Music Index
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To Students The Musical Classroom, Sixth Edition,is designed for you, the prospective elementary school teacher. It assumes no background in music, but it does assume that you have a genuine interest in bringing music and children together. You might think "How can I teach music? I cannot play the piano or even sing very well." One does not need to be an accomplished performer to teach music in the elementary classroom. You do need a fundamental understanding of how music "works," and you do need to know how to convey that understanding to others. To help you prepare to teach tomorrow's children,The Musical Classroomincludes model lessons in music that may be understood (and taught) with little or no musical background. In fact, it is possible to develop an understanding about music while teaching others. And this active involvement in teaching nearly always leads to a desire to develop performance skills. We believe it is possible to do all of these simultaneously: to develop an understanding about music, to share that understanding while teaching others, and to learn to play a musical instrument. This text succeeds only when those who use it say, "We did it ourselves:" As every journey begins with a single step, the use of this text represents that first step. Its music and models should be used to develop a philosophy and style so meaningful and so personal that the model will hardly be remembered. Onlyyou,the learner, can plan the lifetime journey that will expand your musical literacy, refineyourperformance skills, and perfectyourteaching skills. Those who love music and children with equal passion will always be able to develop their own ingenious means for bringing children into intimate touch with all the excitement of theworld of music. To Instructors The Musical Classroom: Backgrounds, Models, and Skills for Elementary Teaching, Sixth Edition,is designed primarily for use in a one-semester music course for the elementary education major and can also serve as a resource for music education majors and in-service teachers. The book, accompanied by a CD, helps students develop skills in music teaching while at the same time providing introductory experiences in playing and reading music. WHAT'S INTHE MUSICAL CLASSROOM? The text is divided into four sections and six appendixes. Section One, Backgrounds for Teaching Musicis an introduction to teaching music in the elementary classroom. The section begins with an introduction to "Music in the Elementary School," followed by a description of the elements of music, the National Standards for Music Education, and the music-making experiences that are the basis for the model experiences in Section Two. A chapter on "The World of Music" introduces students to the many styles of music and identifies their importance in the curriculum. The current approaches to elementary curriculum are concisely described, including the Kodaly and Orff approaches and the Gordon Learning Theory. The "Curricular Developments" chapter presents material for special learners and up-to-date information on music technology in the classroom. Also in this edition are discussions of cooperative learning, integrating music, the arts, and other subjects into the curriculum, and the prekindergarten child and music. The National Standards for Music Education, Grades K-4, are presented and integrated throughout Section One and specified for each model experience in Section Two, Grades 4 and 5. Section One concludes with an introduction to "Planning and Assessing Music Learning:" Practical applications of the curricular approaches and developments presented in this section are highlighted throughout the model experiences of Section Two. Section Two, Model Experiences for Teaching Musicis a concrete expression of Section One, "Backgrounds for Teaching Music." Section Two consi

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