Taking a learner-centred approach to music education: pedagogical pathways

Huhtinen-Hildén, L. and Pitt, J. (2018) Taking a learner-centred approach to music education: pedagogical pathways. Routledge, Abingdon. ISBN 9781138695597 (hardback) 9781138695627 (paperback) 9781315526539 (e-book)


Adopting a fresh approach to the assumptions and concepts which underlie musical learning, Taking a Learner-Centred Approach to Music Education provides comprehensive guidance on professional and pedagogical aspects of learner-centred practice. This essential companion offers a pedagogy which is at once informed by theoretical understandings, and is underpinned by experience, practical examples, case studies and self-reflection. Initial chapters explore the theoretical dimensions of learner-centred music education, touching on aspects including collaborative learning, the learning environment and pedagogical sensitivity. Latter chapters delve deeper into the practical application of these teaching strategies and methods. The book invites its reader to reflect on topics including: music, emotions and interaction; the voice and body as instruments; making music visible and tangible; improvising and learning music with instruments; working with groups in creative activities; the music pedagogue as a sensitive and creative instrument. Taking a Learner-Centred Approach to Music Education will deepen understanding, facilitate reflection and inspire new approaches to teaching in the field of music. It is essential reading for current and future practitioners involved in music education, early childhood music practice, community music, music therapy and special needs education. *** An interview with Dr Pitt about this book, focusing particularly on Chapter 4 (Pedagogy - A Sensitive and Improvisatory Practice), is available on YouTube, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4zHgZzmg5w ***

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