Higher Education

Contemporary Music Education, 4th Edition

  • Michael L. Mark Towson State University
  • Patrice Madura Indiana University, Bloomington
  • ISBN-10: 1133956300  |  ISBN-13: 9781133956303
  • 304 Pages
  • © 2014 | Published
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CONTEMPORARY MUSIC EDUCATION explores the theory and practice of teaching music by placing it in the broader context of culture and history. This core text offers music education students a practical and rigorous overview of the profession, covering curriculum development, assessment, and advocacy, while examining the changes brought about by technology, social justice movements, and a half-century of educational reforms.

Features and Benefits

  • Extended examination of the social and intellectual foundations of music education covers education history, public policy developments, the civil rights revolution, pivotal music education meetings and documents, and the need for music education advocacy.
  • The text provides thorough coverage of music education curricula, including Dalcroze, Orff, and Kodály methods, those based on jazz and popular music, and integration of technology into music education.
  • There are substantive professional development tools, including detailed information on teaching special-needs students, music teacher education, assessment tools and standards, and how to contribute to an active and vibrant music education profession.

Table of Contents

1. Brief history of American Music Education.
2. Pivotal Events of the Contemporary Era.
3. Intellectual Currents of the Contemporary Era.
4. Advocacy: Connecting Public Policy and Arts Education.
5. Music Education Methods.
6: Materials and Tools of Music Education.
7. Music Education for Students with Exceptional Needs.
8. The Education of Music Teachers.
9. Assessments in Music Education.
10. Coda.

What's New

  • Education reform, social justice movements, and the incorporation of technology into the processes of teaching and learning music have continued to evolve significantly since 1996 and are woven into the fabric of this revision.
  • Changing societal needs have prompted professional philosophies of music education to evolve, and this text incorporates topics such as feminism, LGBT issues, race and ethnicity, and disability, as well as new approaches to federal and state legislation, the role of music education in schools and the community, and the nature of the creative process. New approaches to the psychology of music education also are explored, as is arts education advocacy, which is now a major activity of professional music education organizations.
  • The sections on materials, methods, and tools of music education have been updated to offer a contemporary approach to curricula such as Dalcroze, Orff, and Kodály. Even greater change has taken place in multicultural education. This area includes the training of music teachers, current classroom techniques and materials, as well as the adoption of specific genres of music, especially jazz. The section on urban education also reflects significant change since the publication of the third edition.
  • Recent developments in the philosophy, practices, materials, and federal regulation of teacher education are updated. This edition also includes discussion of music education research and its evolving role in the profession. Of particular significance is the practice of arts integration, a new area of specialty for music teachers that requires entirely different training from the traditional teacher education paradigm.
  • The connection between society and music education is emphasized throughout the text.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Michael L. Mark

Michael Mark is emeritus professor of music at Towson University, where he also served as dean of the graduate school. Prior to that, he was head of the music education program at The Catholic University of America. Earlier, he was a music teacher in Prince George's County, Maryland, supervisor of music for the public schools of Auburn and Elmira, New York, and assistant professor at Morgan State University in Baltimore. Dr. Mark is a member of the Music Educators Hall of Fame of the National Association for Music Education and the Hall of Fame of the Maryland Music Educators Association. He is a past president of the Maryland Music Educators Association and has served on several National Association for Music Education (NAfME) committees, including two terms on the Editorial Committee of the Journal of Research in Music Education. He is former chair of the Board of Governors of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance Alumni Society, and he holds degrees from The George Washington University, The University of Michigan, and The Catholic University of America. A Fulbright scholar, he has been recognized by Catholic University with its Alumni Achievement Award. Dr. Mark is the author of approximately 75 juried articles and several books: Source Readings in Music Education History (Routledge, 3rd Edition, 2008), A History of American Music Education (with Charles Gary, Rowman and Littlefield Education 2007, 3rd Edition), A Concise History of American Music Education (Rowman and Littlefield Education, 2008), Music Education in Your Hands (with Patrice Madura, Routledge, 2009), and But Not Next Door (Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc., 1999).

Patrice Madura

Patrice Madura Ward-Steinman is professor of music education at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Bloomington. A specialist in choral music education, vocal jazz, and vocal music research, she is a former professor and music education department chair at the University of Southern California, and a former faculty member and conductor of choral ensembles at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and Indiana University–Purdue University, Fort Wayne. She also has taught choral and general music for grades K–12 and has performed extensively as a pianist. Professor Madura is the author of four other books: Becoming a Choral Music Teacher (Routledge, 2009), Music Education in Your Hands (With Michael L. Mark, Routledge, 2009), Images of America: Madura's Danceland (Arcadia, 2010) and Getting Started With Vocal Improvisation (MENC, 1999). She has published articles in the Journal of Research in Music Education, Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education, Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, Philosophy of Music Education Review, Psychology of Music, International Journal of Music Education, and Teaching Music. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Research in Music Education.