MENC Handbook of Research on Music Learning: Volume 1 Strategies

Richard Colwell*, Peter Richard Webster

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This book brings together the best and most current research on methods 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 book takes a broad theoretical perspective on current, critical areas of research, including music development, music listening and reading, motivation and self-regulated learning in music, music perception, and movement. The book's companion volume, Applications, builds an extensive and solid position of practice upon the frameworks and research presented here. 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 pages338
ISBN (Electronic)9780190268039
ISBN (Print)9780195386677
StatePublished - May 27 2015


  • Motivation
  • Music development
  • Music learning
  • Music listening
  • Music perception
  • Music reading
  • Self-regulated learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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