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date: 21 September 2019

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This chapter reviews published work on music composition in the schools from preschool to precollege. The review starts with a brief summary of research in general creativity and in music creativity, making the case for considering published work as reflective of approaches that are individualist, sociocultural, or a combination. Studies published from 2008 to 2014 were reviewed and categorized by subject area and approach. Subject areas include work that was conceptual or dealt with teaching process, student composition process/product, technology, assessment, collaboration, attitudes/perception, early childhood, motivation/gender, or external variables. Recently published books on teaching practice for composition in the schools were also reviewed. Readers are encouraged to find a pathway through the complex literature that fits their needs.

Keywords: creativity, creative thinking in music, individualist, sociocultural, composition in schools, preschool students, precollege students

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