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Understanding Music Education

Understanding Music Education
Exploring Children's Musical Worlds

First Edition

Music Methods

September 2022 | 128 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This book is a contemporary analysis of children’s music education, combining theoretical insight with practical application. It examines how children engage with, and think about, music and how an understanding of this can empower rich approaches to teaching and learning.

Key topics include: an overview of music education as a field of study, musical imagination in thought and practice, musical worlds created with, and for, children and a range of perspectives on musicality and musical knowledge in childhood.

This is essential reading for anyone involved in music education with children, including music leaders working in community settings, and for primary school teachers, and those training to teach, seeking to deepen their own professional understanding.

Mary Stakelum is Area Leader, Music Education at the Royal College of Music. 

Chapter 1: An Introduction to Music Education as a Field of Study
Chapter 2: Perspectives on Music, Musicality and Musical Knowledge
Chapter 3: Musical Imagination in Thought and Practice
Chapter 4: Musical Worlds Created for Children
Chapter 5: Ways In: Entering the Musical Worlds of Children
Chapter 6: Music Created With Children
Chapter 7: Into the Future

This publication represents a significant contribution to music education literature, in that it stimulates an in-depth reflection on the fundamental assumptions underlying music education practices. It is a valuable resource for students, specialist and generalist teachers, music facilitators in childcare and community settings, music teacher educators, and for those who want to develop a more critical understanding of music education.

Andrea Sangiorgio
University of Music and Theatre; Munich, Germany
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