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date: 13 November 2019

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This chapter provides an overview of secondary general music (SGM), including background, variations of courses, and curricular considerations. The chapter details goals for SGM courses and provides an overview of common characteristics among adolescents who are SGM students, preservice music teachers, and in-service teachers. It emphasizes the value of learner autonomy and ownership through frameworks of community music and informal learning and recommends a balance of pedagogical and andragogical teaching approaches. The chapter describes ways in which SGM teachers and teacher educators might conceptualize roles and challenges of teaching general music for middle and high school students, including topics such as music technology and popular music, considerations for special learners, and methods course fieldwork.

Keywords: secondary general music, adolescents, andragogy, musicianship, informal learning, middle school, high school

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