The Music History Classroom

The Music History Classroom

by James A. Davis (Editor)


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The Music History Classroom brings together essays written by recognized and experienced teachers to assist in the design, implementation, and revision of college-level music history courses. This includes the traditional music history survey for music majors, but the materials presented here are applicable to other music history courses for music majors and general education students alike, including period classes, composer or repertory courses, and special topics classes and seminars. The authors bring current thought on the scholarship of teaching and learning together with practical experience into the unique environment of the music history classroom. While many of the issues confronting teachers in other disciplines are pertinent to music history classes, this collection addresses the unique nature of musical materials and the challenges involved in negotiating between historical information, complex technical musical issues, and the aesthetics of performing and listening. This single volume provides a systematic outline of practical teaching advice on all facets of music history pedagogy, including course design, classroom technology, listening and writing assignments, and more. The Music History Classroom presents the 'nuts-and-bolts' of teaching music history suitable for graduate students, junior faculty, and seasoned teachers alike.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781409436584
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 09/05/2012
Edition description: 1
Pages: 222
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

James A. Davis is Professor of Musicology and Chair of the Music History Area at the School of Music, State University of New York at Fredonia. His primary research focuses on the music and musicians of the American Civil War. He has also worked in the areas of music history pedagogy, American popular music of the 19th and 20th centuries, and the history of bands.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Foreword by Susan McClary; Creating a music history course: course design, textbooks and syllabi, William A. Everett; Classroom activities, Mary Natvig; Lecturing, Edward Nowacki; Listening in the classroom, Melanie Lowe; Assignments and homework, Eleonora M. Beck; Technology in and out of the classroom, José Antonio Bowen; Evaluation and assessment, Elizabeth A. Wells; The research paper, Scott Warfield; Music as a liberal art: teaching music to non-majors, Marjorie Roth; On being and becoming: the first year of teaching on the clock, Michael Markham; Professional development, Jessie Fillerup; Bibliography; Index.

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