Construction of Music Learning

Peter R. Webster*

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This chapter summarizes writings in music education that are inspired by a complicated set of interconnected beliefs about learning, and are often labeled as constructivist or constructionist. It outlines some major elements from philosophy and social science that form the background of constructivist perspectives, and emphasizes the importance of social constructivism in education. It reviews the role of conceptual writing in music education about constructivist thinking and its role in music teaching and learning. It highlights an analysis of the many writings that privilege constructivist views as a force in how music teachers are prepared. It also enumerates themes that seem to emerge from empirical evidence about the application and effectiveness of the constructivist view in music teaching and learning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMENC Handbook of Research on Music Learning
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 1 Strategies
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780190268039
ISBN (Print)9780195386677
StatePublished - May 27 2015


  • Conceptual writing
  • Constructionist
  • Constructivist
  • Music education
  • Music learning
  • Music teaching
  • Social constructivism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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