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Hear, Listen, Play!

How to Free Your Students' Aural, Improvisation, and Performance Skills

Lucy Green

January 2014

ISBN: 9780199995769

156 pages
Spiral Bound
279x216mm

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Price: £27.99

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Hear, Listen, Play! is for all music teachers who are unfamiliar with, yet curious about the worlds of ear-playing, informal learning, improvisation, and vernacular musics. Based on years of systematic research, it provides a simple, flexible way for teachers to explore those worlds with students across instrumental, band and classroom contexts.

  • Companion website
  • Thoroughly practical, applied, flexible, adaptable, and simple for teachers to use
  • Based on over 15 years' original and world-renowned research by the author and her research teams
  • Author is a leading authority in innovative, inclusive pedagogies based on informal music learning practices from popular music
  • Leads to freedom, learner autonomy, choice and enjoyment in aural playing
  • Feeds directly into improvisation and creativity

About the Author(s)

Lucy Green, Professor, Faculty of Children and Learning, Institute of Education, University of London, England

Lucy Green is Professor of Music Education at the Institute of Education, University of London. She is widely recognized for her pioneering work in developing new pedagogies based on the informal learning practices of popular musicians. She is also renowned for her writings on music education in relation to ideology, musical meaning, and gender.

Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    NOTE ON THE TEXT
    NOTE ON THE COMPANION WEBSITE
    Introduction
    How could informal learning practices relate to formal music education?
    The organisation and use of the Handbook
    The audio materials: an overview
    Why informal learning?
    Why popular music?
    How do popular musicians learn?
    PART I: HeLP in instrumental settings
    Introduction
    HeLP in instrumental settings: preliminary practicalities
    HeLP in instrumental settings: the basic steps
    Some possible combinations and orders of stages: instrumental tuition
    How are students likely to respond?
    Teaching strategies: the role of the teacher in instrumental settings
    What were the overall views of the participants?
    PART II: HeLP in ensemble settings: bands, orchestras and other groups
    Introduction
    HeLP in ensemble settings: preliminary practicalities
    HeLP in ensemble settings: the basic steps
    How are students likely to respond?
    Teaching strategies: the role of the teacher in HeLP ensemble settings
    What were the overall views of the participants?
    PART III: HeLP in classroom settings
    Introduction
    HeLP in classroom settings: preliminary practicalities
    HeLP in classroom settings: the basic steps
    Some possible combinations and orders of stages: the classroom context
    How are students likely to respond?
    Teaching strategies: the role of the teacher in HeLP classroom settings
    What were the overall views of the participants?
    Appendices
    Appendix A: Findings from an aural test experiment
    Appendix B: The research lying behind this Handbook
    Appendix C: Related work on informal music learning and formal music education
    Appendix D: Websites
    Appendix E: Audio track list
    Appendix F: Recording credits

Reviews

"Building on her continuing research about how musicians learn, Lucy Green has fashioned a fascinating and powerfully rendered accounting of how music teachers might include playing by ear and improvisation instruction in a variety of class, studio and ensemble settings. Overall, the book is musically authentic, brilliantly conceived, and centered exactly where contemporary music teaching needs to be." - Peter R. Webster, Emeritus Professor, Northwestern University, Scholar in Residence, University of Southern California

"Pure logic: This book underscores the direct route that students can take from the musical sound itself to their approximation of it on piano, violin, clarinet, trumpet, and dozens of instruments. It enthusiastically reinforces ear-playing as a most natural pathway of learning music, and is made all the more credible by the research base that precedes this pedagogical practice." - Patricia Shehan Campbell, University of Washington

"This book is an invaluable extension of Greens earlier work on informal music pedagogy to individual instrument teaching and ensemble settings. The section on strategies for supporting ear-playing in the Musical Futures classroom is a much needed and valued addition. Anyone who teaches music in any setting should have this book on his or her bookshelf." - Dr. Ruth Wright, Assistant Dean Music Research, Western University Canada, Musical Futures Canada project leader.

"The integration of rigorous, mixed-methods research with practical, down-to-earth advice is freeiring. Lucy Green's work has already changed the landscape in many High School music lessons around the world; her HeLP approach now has potential to transform teaching and learning in instrumental lessons, ensemble coaching and classrooms." - Tim Cain, Edge Hill University