Composing Our Future
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DescriptionIn order to prepare pre-service teachers and meet the needs of practitioners in the field, music teacher educators need resources to guide the development of curriculum, specific courses, professional development workshops, and other environments where composition education can begin, grow, and flourish. With chapters ranging from practical information to solid theory to useful best practice examples, Composing Our Future offers fresh insight into composition in music education from authors who are directly engaged in this work.
- A powerful charge to teacher educators to embrace composition in teacher preparation
- Includes an overview of what is known about child composers and the work they create
- Examines the relationship between creativity and composition
- Feature examples of successful practices
"Reading this book, you will understand how music operates in our students' universe and that the composer in each and every one of them is alive, vibrant, and eager to flourish. Composing Our Future is a cornucopia of philosophy, clear thinking and best practice models for teaching composition in today's musical world. It is destined to become a primary source book for music educators." --Libby Larsen, Composer
"This compilation of contributions from leading music educators provides a treasure-trove of ideas that will enrich the compositional experiences of teachers and students alike. What a wonderful and timely resource!" --Donald A. Hodges, Covington Distinguished Professor of Music Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
"Offer[s] a compelling blend of both the theoretical (essays on creative thinking, research on composition, and creating and sustaining compositional initiatives in school program) and the practical (chapters on model practices in teaching composition in the schools, the uses of technology in teaching composition, and incorporating the teaching of composition in college methods courses). Finally, music teachers interested in teaching composition have the perfect resource." --Mitchell Robinson, Associate Professor of Music Education, Michigan State University
About the Author(s)
Michele Kaschub is Professor of Music and Coordinator of Music Teacher Education and Graduate Studies at the University of Southern Maine. Janice Smith is Associate Professor of Music Education and Coordinator of Undergraduate Music Education at Queens College, City University of New York. Together they are the authors of Minds on Music: Composition for Creative and Critical Thinking (2009).