Creativity and Non-Traditional Approaches for Middle-Level Music Education

Authored by: Robert L. Lyda , Jane M. Kuehne , Shane E. Colquhoun

International Handbook of Middle Level Education Theory, Research, and Policy

Print publication date:  October  2019
Online publication date:  August  2019

Print ISBN: 9780815358619
eBook ISBN: 9781351122115
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The authors call for a cultural shift in teacher preparation and Pre-K–12 educator practices and advocate for adding non-traditional music learning curricular options to existing traditional music programs that incorporate creativity and informal music learning strategies. Middle level learners need a place where they learn self-expression. Music learning provides this place if it is student-centered, filled with creative experiences, and led by a music educator who is committed to teaching all students and who is a guide, mentor, collaborator, and sounding board who helps students see their own value.

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