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date: 13 November 2019

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This chapter provides strategies for creative practices that will enrich elementary general music methods courses. The crucial choices made by instructors about the content and structure of elementary general music are interrogated, including how various methodologies are approached and how traditional practices—even the term methods itself—may be re-evaluated and reconsidered. Recommendations are made for retitling and expanding the scope of this course to reflect its truly foundational nature within music education. Ways to establish positive learning environments are discussed, including specific ideas instructors may use to develop fieldwork practicums, teach lesson planning, and be aware of cultural considerations for responsive pedagogy within these courses. The chapter closes with a call to expand preservice teachers’ views on the multitudinous ways elementary students may musically, collaboratively, and creatively experience music in the school setting.

Keywords: general music, elementary music, methods, methodologies, preservice teachers, pedagogy, lesson planning, learning environments

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