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Title Comprehensive Musicianship and Beginner Piano Method Books: A Content Analysis
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Abstract Comprehensive Musicianship (CM) is a philosophy that developed in the 1960s to encourage the study of contemporary music and student creativity. It expanded in the 1970s to describe the interdisciplinary study of music. Its goal was to encourage teachers to go beyond technical and performance aspects of music and start integrating theory, history, composition, improvisation and aural skills instruction to their curriculums. However, while CM has had a strong influence on many music programs, it is not clear whether this trend has influenced the field of private piano instruction, and whether CM elements have been included and integrated in beginner piano method books. To address this question, categories that constitute the core elements of CM were selected to conduct a content analysis of 12 piano method series. Analysis showed that the focus tends to be on aural skills (as teacher duets), and theory, with a noticeable lack of the more creative activities of improvisation and composition.
Subjects/Keywords piano; PIano pedagogy; piano teaching; comprehensive musicianship; beginner piano; piano method books; content analysis; comprehensive piano
Language en
Country of Publication ca
Record ID handle:10393/23570
Repository ottawa
Date Indexed 2018-01-03
Issued Date 2012-01-01 00:00:00

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