Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Content

Chris Philpott and Ruth Wright

in The Oxford Handbook of Music Education, Volume 1

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199730810
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Content

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This article, which addresses the interfaces between learning, teaching, and curriculum in classroom music teaching, presents a theoretical framework drawn from the work of the British sociologist Basil Bernstein that allows for the analysis of different curriculum and pedagogic models in music education. To elaborate on this, a number of different curriculum models are presented and analyzed. Finally, the article shares some thoughts concerning future music curricula, based on Bernstein's principles of democratic rights in education, which focus on the possibility of promoting social justice in the music classroom.

Keywords: music education; music learning; music teaching; music curriculum; classroom teaching; Basil Bernstein; pedagogic models; democratic rights; social justice

Article.  7900 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Music Education and Pedagogy

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