Music Outside the Lines: Ideas for Composing in K-12 Music Classrooms

Maud Hickey*

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This book is an informative and practical resource for all who are invested in making music composition an integral part of curriculum. The book addresses the practical needs of music educators by offering both a well-grounded justification for teaching music composition and also a compendium of useful instructional ideas and classroom activities. The book begins with a rationale for teachers to begin composition activities in their own classrooms, with a thoughtful argument that demonstrates that all music teachers possess the skills and training needed to take children along the path toward composing satisfying musical compositions even if they themselves have never taken formal composition lessons. It also addresses some of the stickier issues that plague teaching music composition in schools such as assessment, notation, and technology. Most importantly, the book introduces a curricular model for teaching composition, a model which provides an array of composition activities to try in music classrooms and studios. These activities encourage musical and creative growth through music composition; while they are organized in logical units corresponding to existing teaching modules, they also offer jumping off points for music teachers to exercise their own creative thinking and create music composition activities that are customized to their classes and needs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages180
ISBN (Electronic)9780190268282
ISBN (Print)9780199826773
StatePublished - May 27 2015


  • Classroom activities
  • Curriculum
  • Music assessment
  • Music composition
  • Music educators
  • Music notation
  • Music teacher

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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