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Creativity Across the Music Curriculum

August 30, 2022

What is the most effective way to encourage creativity and a lifelong love of music in the classroom?

The answer to this question guides every aspect of dedicated music educators’ careers. We at the University of Florida’s online Master of Music in Music Education (MMME) program believe the student learning experience should not be limited to the development of performance technique, an understanding of music history, and knowledge of music theory. While these elements are important, it is necessary to go further, empowering students to make their own creative, expressive musical decisions. By merging foundational music skills and knowledge with support for individual imagination and expression, students develop personal agency and self-satisfaction while simultaneously achieving a comprehensive musical education aligned with national and international learning standards.

But how can music educators adhere to curriculum standards while encouraging confidence and creativity within their students? In a recent webinar for the National Association for Music Education, UF presenters and MMME faculty Drs. William Bauer, Marshall Haning, Barry Hartz, Megan Sheridan, and Peter Webster answer this question and more.

Creativity Across the Music Curriculum

Here, our presenters explain the importance of creative musicianship and the benefits of increasing musical agency within the classroom. They cover four creative musical experiences — composition, improvisation, creative music listening, and creative performance of others’ music — and offer strategies for incorporating these experiences in K-12 classrooms and ensembles.

 

 

Watch the video above to discover innovative ways to support your music students. You’ll also get a deeper introduction to the UF School of Music and our educational beliefs and culture.

Want more? Check out our list of resources for developing creative musicianship, compiled by Dr. Bauer. You can also connect with us directly by emailing smonline@hhp.ufl.edu.
About the University of Florida’s Online Master of Music in Music Education

The University of Florida’s online Master of Music in Music Education program is designed to help music educators enhance their abilities as musicians, teachers, and passionate students of one of humanity’s most dynamic modes of creative expression. Exploring both practical and theoretical perspectives, the program, designed and taught by experts in the field, is perfect for current music educators looking to enhance their ability to encourage student engagement with music.

About the University of Florida’s Online Master of Music in Music Education

The University of Florida’s online Master of Music in Music Education program is designed to help music educators enhance their abilities as musicians, teachers, and passionate students of one of humanity’s most dynamic modes of creative expression. Exploring both practical and theoretical perspectives, the program, designed and taught by experts in the field, is perfect for current music educators looking to enhance their ability to encourage student engagement with music.

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