Rowman & Littlefield Publishers / National Association for Music Education (NAfME)
Trim: 6¼ x 9½
978-1-4758-3016-3 • Hardback • January 2017 • $87.00 • (£67.00)
978-1-4758-3017-0 • Paperback • January 2017 • $47.00 • (£36.00)
978-1-4758-3018-7 • eBook • January 2017 • $41.50 • (£32.00)
Patricia Riley is an associate professor of music and the coordinator of the music education program at the University of Vermont in Burlington. Previously, she taught at the Crane School of Music, the State University of New York at Potsdam and Green Mountain College in Poultney; and instrumental, general, and choral music for twenty years in the public schools of New Jersey and Vermont.
Part I The Why and How of Children’s Music Creation
Chapter 1: Creating Music is Important
Chapter 2: Understanding the Processes of Music Creation
Part II Exemplifying the Creating Process Components with Children’s Compositions and Improvisations From Around the World
Chapter 3: Meeting the Children and Their Surroundings
Chapter 4: Imagining Music
Chapter 5: Planning and Making Music
Chapter 6: Evaluating and Refining Music
Chapter 7: Presenting Music
Part III Facilitating Children’s Creating
Chapter 8: Crafting Creating Opportunities
Chapter 9: Mentoring Student Creations
About the Author
Riley is an experienced music teacher and professor, and the present book arose from her desire to help pre-service and in-service music educators understand and implement the revised standards for music composition. The focus of this fascinating project is articulated in the book's subtitle. The process of communication and collaboration a child uses to create music reflects his/her culture and awareness of other cultures. The author divides the book into three sections: the first looks at applied research and the curriculum used in formulating the project; the second examines components of the creative process and describes the cultures of the five countries represented in the book; the last looks at educators' role as facilitators. The inclusion of lesson plans and examples of projects for teachers to encourage classroom music composition and improvisation makes this an extraordinarily valuable resource. The book is well written and abounds with illustrations, tables, figures, charts, interviews, and curriculum standards.
Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates; graduate students; professionals.
— Choice Reviews
In spite of a growing base of research and instructional materials that support engaging students in music composition, doing so remains at the periphery of much music education practice. In this text, Dr. Patricia Riley offers a useful addition to existing literature…. Throughout these chapters, Riley writes as equal parts researcher, composition teacher, music teacher educator, and professional development provider – a blend that is consistent with her own experiences. She shifts among presenting collected data, analyzing student compositions, and providing readers with encouragement and advice. These descriptions of children’s music creations, and processes through which they were developed, are in and of themselves a helpful contribution to our professional literature…. In-service teachers, pre-service teachers, and music teacher educators who believe they lack experience providing feedback to composition students would be particularly well served by reading this chapter. Creating Music: What Children from Around the World Can Teach Us offers an exciting and fresh perspective on understanding how children create music, with immediate practical application for facilitating students’ creative work.
— Music Education Research
Patricia Riley's Creating Music: What Children From Around the World Can Teach Us is not only a first-rate exploration of how children across the globe create with music, but it is an extremely valuable deep-dive on the composition and improvisation components of the new National Core Music Standards. As a member of the writing team of the High School Composition and Theory Standards, I am overjoyed that Riley has done such extensive research and put this text together in a cogent and useful manner. The chapter on process alone is worth the price of admission!
— Rob Deemer, PhD, head of music composition, State University of New York at Fredonia and chair of the NYSSMA Composition & Improvisation Committee
In her illuminating book, Dr. Patricia Riley helps teachers to understand and teach the “creating process” that is a key component of the National Core Music Standards. Anyone interested in music education will benefit from reading this book, but it is a gift to teachers who may be confused or intimidated by the composition component of the new standards. Riley accomplishes this with her deft presentation of the entire compositional process through the creative voices of children from China, India, Ireland, Mexico, and the United States. The children’s conversations, colorful sketches, and compositions bring the theoretical principles down to earth with charming immediacy, and Riley’s global perspective makes this book a unique contribution to music education literature.
— Daniel Deutsch, founding chair of the National Association for Music Education’s Council for Music Composition
This book is timely and important. Teachers will address the new National Core Music Standards and embed them into existing curricula that are often weak in the Creating artistic process. Of special importance is the chapter on mentoring - abundant with children's examples, process guides, and narrative descriptions. As teachers move forward, mentoring is a key element in furthering children's composition, so well articulated here.
— Sandi MacLeod, EdD, executive director, Music-COMP
Creating Music: What Children From Around the World Can Teach Us is an excellent mix of carefully depicted observations and practical suggestions for including music composition in the education of children. Riley brings a teacher’s eye and a researcher’s mind to the world of children creating music. The book includes many suggestions for mentoring young composers and highlights connections to the new US National Core Music Standards.
— Janice P. Smith, professor of music education, Queens College CUNY
Riley has successfully connected multiple strands of research focusing on children’s original music creations, including international perspectives and influences of cultural contexts, historical frameworks, national standards as guidelines, and an extensive literature review. Contributions to the field are found within the international insights that inform us about context and universalities, and children’s musical understanding as represented through their original musical works. With these insights, Riley shares her strategies when guiding, facilitating and mentoring young composers and improvisers.
— Betty Anne Younker, PhD, dean, professor of music education, Don Wright Faculty of Music, The University of Western Ontario