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Could elementary textbooks serve as models of practice to help new teachers and non-specialists attend to reasoning in music?

Newton, L.D.; Newton, D.P.

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Abstract

For good reason, many believe that class teachers should make a significant contribution to the music education of young children. In practice, these teachers are often unenthusiastic about the task, feeling that they lack the knowledge and skills to teach music with confidence. Could elementary music textbooks intended for children serve as models of practice for such teachers and help them foster thought about music? This study examines 16 books for use at Key Stage 2 (7-11 year) in primary schools in the UK to see to what extent they might help a novice or non-specialist teachers attend to causal and purposive thinking in composing, performing and listening. In this respect, they were found wanting. Some remedial proposals are made.

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Newton, L., & Newton, D. (2006). Could elementary textbooks serve as models of practice to help new teachers and non-specialists attend to reasoning in music?. Music Education Research, 8(1), 3-16. https://doi.org/10.1080/14613800600570660

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2006-03
Journal Music Education Research
Print ISSN 1461-3808
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Volume 8
Issue 1
Pages 3-16
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/14613800600570660