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The Musical ExperienceRethinking Music Teaching and Learning$
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Janet R. Barrett and Peter R. Webster

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199363032

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199363032.001.0001

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Spaces for Student Voices

Spaces for Student Voices

Composition in Schools and Issues of Social Justice

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The Musical Experience

Janice P. Smith

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses who can be a musician and how the musician acquires the skills needed to be one. Also described are the empowering possibilities of composition programs. This leads to a reflection on culturally responsive pedagogy and its possible alliances with composition—and especially songwriting projects—in schools. Composition in schools and the need for more democratic educational practices in classrooms are considered. A few examples of compositional activities used in music programs in urban schools that have a social justice or societal implications are presented. The chapter concludes with comments on how teachers can become prepared to lead composition activities that utilize and create socially relevant music.

Keywords:   social justice, culturally responsive pedagogy, songwriting, democratic educational practices, composition activities

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