Action-Based Approaches in Popular Music Education

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edited by Steve Holley, Kat Reinhert, and Zack Moir

(208 Pages)

This is an eBook for digital download. 

Action-based Approaches in Popular Music Education delves into the practices and philosophies of 26 experienced music educators who understand both the how and the why of popular music education. This edited collection represents the variety, the diversity, and the multiplicity of ideas and approaches to the teaching and learning of popular music.

 

 

Description

As music educators continue to explore various ways of learning and teaching popular music, recognizing and understanding a blend of traditional and non-traditional pedagogies that engage teachers and learners in authentic practices is of vital importance. To meet this emerging need, Action-based Approaches in Popular Music Education delves into the practices and philosophies of 26 experienced music educators who understand both the how and the why of popular music education. This edited collection represents the variety, the diversity, and the multiplicity of ideas and approaches to the teaching and learning of popular music. These actionable approaches, practices, applications, lessons, and ideas will enable music educators to understand how to better incorporate popular music into their teaching. This book is not an antidote to the lack of uniformity in popular music education – it is a celebration of it.

What others have to say about this book…

Action-based Approaches in Popular Music Education is an invaluable resource for music teachers of all kinds! Whether you teach popular music courses, concert bands, choirs, or in general music, this book has practical, classroom-tested strategies and activities for you and your students. This volume contains a who’s-who list of popular music educators, bringing their years of experience to the reader in short, easy-to-read chapters. The activities are easy to implement, and the chapters can be used as a springboard for developing your own ideas for use in your program. I can’t wait to use this book with my undergraduate pre-service music educators!”

Virginia Davis, Ph.D.

Professor of Music Education

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

 

The lived experiences presented in Action-based Approaches in Popular Music Education offer such wonderful snapshots into the authors’ personal journeys in popular music education. In combining the variety of perspectives with the conciseness of each chapter, readers will enjoy valuable insights, specific “how-to” guidance, as well as consideration for potential challenges with each approach. Bravo to the authors and editors for such a fantastic contribution to the field of popular music education and for sharing how these approaches can be enacted in school, university, or community settings.

Donna Hewitt, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor of Music Education

University of Wisconsin-Parkside

 

As the title suggests, this book invites you to take action! Each essay is a quick read, with authors detailing projects or sharing practical resources and ideas that can be implemented immediately. A strength of this work is the variety of voices represented—authors are educators, musicians, producers, artists-in-residence, independent scholars, deans, and more. Thus, a multitude of topics related to popular music education for a diversity of educational settings are included. This book is a great starting point for those new to popular music education or for those seeking to grow their knowledge in a certain area of PME.

 

Martina Vasil, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Music Education

University of Kentucky

 

“Drawn from a plethora of experienced practitioners, musicians, and scholars, Action-based Approaches in Popular Music Education is a must-read for any educator seeking to incorporate popular music pedagogy in their teaching, regardless of context. The text offers practical teaching approaches that are accessible and speak to all levels of music teaching experience while simultaneously encouraging readers to think deeply, critically, and reflexively about the role of popular music approaches in the classroom—a much-needed resource in a time of rapidly growing interest in popular music pedagogy.

 

Candice Davenport Mattio, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Music Education

Florida International University

 

Imagine having immediate access to an assembly of experienced popular music educators willing to share their ideas and best practices. That is what you will find in this new collection. Written in highly accessible prose, chapters offer concrete ideas for starting, expanding, or refining a school- or studio-based curriculum (K-16) that includes popular music. Chapters also include best practices in specific areas of popular music—from songwriting to singing, playing to producing—that can inform and guide instruction.  

 

Carlos R. Abril, Ph.D.

Professor of Music Education 

University of Miami

 

Welcoming a diverse collection of innovative music educators and their experiences, Action-based Approaches in Popular Music Education is a thoughtfully, eclectic resource that offers practical insights and guidance to develop and expand a meaningful music education through the lens of popular music. Each chapter showcases an author’s creative underpinnings and pedagogical approaches to overarching topics that include creative license, songwriting, production, and technology. Whether a novice, developing, or established music teacher, you will find thought-provoking ideas to infuse in your own music programs. 

 

Tamara T. Thies, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor in Music Education

California State University, Long Beach

 

About the Author

Grammy-nominated music educator Steve Holley served as the Producer for the Commercial Music Program at the Kent Denver School outside Denver, CO, for nineteen years. During his tenure, the R&B, soul, salsa, and jazz bands of the CMP were recognized by DownBeat magazine’s Student Music Awards 15 times – the most of any secondary program in the country. He is a sought after bassist and clinician with performances, master classes, and presentations given at dozens of state, national, and international conferences. Steve holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music, specializing in jazz and classical bass, from the University of Memphis. He authored the book Coaching a Popular Music Ensemble: Blending formal, non-formal, and informal approaches in the rehearsal. Currently, Steve serves as Vice President of the Association for Popular Music Education and is pursuing his Ph.D. in Music Learning and Teaching at Arizona State University where his research focuses on ways of learning and teaching popular music from the viewpoint of the performing musician.

Dr. Kat Reinhert is an accomplished songwriter, vocalist, musician, author and educator. She has taught courses in jazz, songwriting, private voice, theory, and popular music ensembles and is a sought after clinician for master classes and workshops. As a performer and songwriter, Kat has released five independent albums as well as sung on multiple projects and recordings with noted artists. Kat holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz/Commercial Voice from The Manhattan School of Music, a Master of Music in Jazz Performance/Pedagogy and a Ph.D. in Music Education, specializing in higher education popular music performance and pedagogy, from the University of Miami. Kat is the Immediate Past President of the Association for Popular Music Education and the former Director of Contemporary Voice connected to the M.A.D.E. and Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Programs at The University of Miami, Frost School of Music. She currently resides in New York City where she is working on several music, educational, business, consulting and writing projects.

Dr. Zack Moir is an Associate Professor of Music and the Director of the Applied Music Research Centre at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland. Zack’s research interests are in popular music in higher education, popular music composition pedagogy, music education and social justice, and the teaching and learning of improvisation. He has published on the topics of popular music pedagogy, music in higher education, popular music making and leisure, popular music songwriting/composition, and real-time interactive networked performance. Zack is also an active composer and musician performing as a soloist and in bands internationally. Zack is the lead editor of ‘The Bloomsbury Handbook of Popular Music Education: Perspectives and Practices’(2019), and co-editor of ‘The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Music Education’ (2017).

 

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