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date: 13 November 2019

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This chapter seeks to provide a rationale and practical steps for teacher educators to begin a process of curricular development centered on songwriting and modern band as a means of diversifying curricular offerings in K–12 schools. Songwriting is presented as a primary avenue for curricular growth when preceded by quality authentic musical experiences centered on the arrangement and performance of cover songs. Suggestions are presented for how to begin teaching preservice music teachers how to write songs. The chapter concludes by emphasizing the importance of continuing to develop the quality of our sustaining technologies—widespread musical offerings such as standardized band, choir, and orchestra—while working to bring disruptive technologies more and more into the mainstream.

Keywords: curriculum, creativity, popular music, adaptation, innovation

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