'It makes you think anything is possible': Representing diversity in music theory pedagogy

Davidson, Robert A. & Lupton, Mandy (2016) 'It makes you think anything is possible': Representing diversity in music theory pedagogy. British Journal of Music Education, 33(02), pp. 175-189.

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This paper critiques a traditional approach to music theory pedagogy. It argues that music theory courses should draw on pedagogies that reflect the diversity and pluralism inherent in 21st century music making. It presents the findings of an action research project investigating the experiences of undergraduate students undertaking an innovative contemporary art music theory course. It describes the students’ struggle in coming to terms with a course that integrated composing, performing, listening and analysing coupled with what for many was their first exposure to the diversity of contemporary art music. The paper concludes with suggesting that the approach could be adopted more widely throughout music programs.

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ID Code: 91620
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: curriculum design, music theory, contemporary art music, higher education
DOI: 10.1017/S0265051716000115
ISSN: 0265-0517
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Creative Arts Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy (130201)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Cambridge University Press
Deposited On: 06 Jan 2016 22:49
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2016 10:55

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