R&L Education / National Association for Music Education (NAfME)
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978-1-60709-193-6 • Hardback • June 2009 • $133.00 • (£102.00)
978-1-60709-194-3 • Paperback • June 2009 • $56.00 • (£43.00)
978-1-60709-195-0 • eBook • June 2009 • $53.00 • (£41.00)
Michele Kaschub is coordinator of music teacher education and graduate studies at the University of Southern Maine School of Music. She has actively worked with young composers and their teachers in general and choral settings for twenty years. Janice Smith is undergraduate coordinator of music education at Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, City University of New York. Prior to coming to Queens she had a thirty-year career teaching music in the public schools of Maine.
Chapter 1 Foreword
Chapter 2 Rationale and Research
Chapter 3 Learning and Teaching Music Composition
Chapter 4 On Young Composers Composing: Characteristics, Creative Capacities, and Compositions
Chapter 5 Supporting Roles: Tools, Tasks, and Teachers
Chapter 6 Conceptualizing Compositional Pedagogy
Chapter 7 Preparing for Composing
Chapter 8 Assessment
Chapter 9 Designing and Working in a Composing Community
Chapter 10 Teaching and Learning Composition
Chapter 11 Composing in Early Childhood
Chapter 12 Composing in the Upper Elementary Grades
Chapter 13 The Transition to Middle School: Composing in Grades Five and Six
Chapter 14 Composing in Upper Middle School
Chapter 15 Composing in High School
Chapter 16 The Future of Composition Education
Chapter 17 The Composition Program
Reflective, energising and informed, this book should be core reading for all wishing to know more about teaching and learning composition, along with entrants to the profession. Michele Kaschub and Janice Smith provide comprehensive and contemporary understanding of music composition rooted in genuinely educational contexts which reach in and beyond the classroom to the contemporary musical world in all its richness and diversity of practices. Combining the latest research with practical ideas and tasks,this multi-dimensional book sets out to inform, inspire and equip music educators of our time...
— Pam Burnard, faculty of education, University of Cambridge
An excellent resource for drawing out the composer in every child as well as drawing out the child in all of us.....
— Thomas Priest
This book makes an important contribution to the literature about composition within school music programs. It thoughtfully examines the cognitive underpinnings of the composition process at every age level, and offers practical suggestions for designingprojects that will be successful with students at a variety of levels. It is well researched, and likewise draws upon the extensive experiences of the authors. Beginning and seasoned teachers alike will find much to think about in this book....
— Paul Siskind
In this book, Kaschub and Smith address an issue of great importance in the development of a 21st century music curriculum. They argue?most forcefully, thoroughly and thoughtfully?for the proposition that all children should be encouraged to compose music. Their work is truly pioneering, and their volume fills a need that has been present for quite some time. At every level of the PK-12 spectrum, Minds on Music provides valuable observations, insights into student psychology, introductory comments on notation, memory, musical form, instrumental timbre and the like. There are also a number of fascinating scenarios?a sampling of creative assignments, at each educational level?which should go a long way toward dispelling fears, on the part of both student and teacher, about entering this uncharted territory. One hopes that Minds on Music will be read by many music education professors and school music teachers!!
— Elliott Schwartz
This excellent book is important for music educators, composers and musicians dealing with composing in the class and in communities, but also for parents interested in the creativity of their children. Minds on Music focuses two basic ideas: composition can be taught, and children learn to compose by composing. The authors address important and diverse research fields and present models for teaching composition from early childhood to high school. I recommend this book to everyone who is focusing on composing with young people...
— Vit Zouhar, Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic