MENC Handbook of Research on Music Learning: Applications

Richard Colwell*, Peter R. Webster

*Corresponding author for this work

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10 Scopus citations


This book brings together the best and most current research on best practice for music learning, focusing squarely on the profession's empirical and conceptual knowledge of how students gain competence in music at various ages and in different contexts. The collection of chapters, written by the foremost figures active in the field, addresses a range of best practices for approaching current and important areas in the field, including cognition and perception, music listening, vocal/choral learning, and the needs of special learners. The book's companion volume, Strategies, provides the solid theoretical framework and extensive research upon which these practices stand. Focus is placed on the musical knowledge and musical skills needed to perform, create, understand, reflect on, enjoy, value, and respond to music. A key point of emphasis rests on the relationship between music learning and finding meaning in music, and as music technology plays an increasingly important role in learning today, chapters move beyond exclusively formal classroom instruction into other forms of systematic learning and informal instruction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages336
ISBN (Electronic)9780190268190
ISBN (Print)9780199754397
StatePublished - Dec 8 2011


  • Cognition
  • Music learning
  • Music listening
  • Music meaning
  • Music technology
  • Musical skills
  • Perception
  • Special learners
  • Vocal learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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