Popular Music Ensembles

Carlos Xavier Rodriguez

in The Oxford Handbook of Music Education, Volume 1

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Popular Music Ensembles

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Popular music ensembles increase interest and student participation in school music instruction. Some ensembles are small and selective, used as a privilege for the leading performers in larger, traditional school ensembles. Conversely, other popular music ensembles are much larger in size, for instance guitar ensembles, since they are attractive to students who lack background in traditional instruments, yet still allow students to gain experience playing in large ensembles. This article is devoted to identifying and describing core values that underlie teaching and learning in the most prevalent types of popular ensemble in the United States, and globally, as they occur within more traditional music curricula in public schools, and the implications of these emerging ensembles for music teacher education. Examples of specific programs that illustrate these core values in action are cited.

Keywords: music ensembles; popular music; music education; music teacher education; public schools

Article.  4978 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Music Education and Pedagogy

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