Teaching Music Creatively

2nd Edition

Pamela Burnard, Regina Murphy

Published May 23, 2017
Textbook - 206 Pages - 41 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138187207 - CAT# Y226204
Series: Learning to Teach in the Primary School Series

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  • Aims to boost the knowledge, confidence and enthusiasm of pupils and their teachers
  • Ready-to-use ideas for creative lessons – lesson plans and points for assessment
  • End of chapter further reading to support study and useful resources listed with information on where to find such resources

  • Illustrations, children’s work, case studies to really help enthuse teachers about the subject they often find most difficult
  • Encourages and provides ideas for cross-curricular teaching


Fully updated in light of the latest research and practice in primary education, Teaching Music Creatively offers all teachers a comprehensive understanding of how to develop, deliver and enjoy a creative music curriculum. It is inspired by the belief that all those concerned with primary education have a deep interest in creativity and supports teachers in developing the confidence to teach and celebrate creative music teaching throughout school.

With groundbreaking contributions from international experts in the field, it offers well-tested strategies for developing children’s musical creativity, knowledge, skills and understanding. This edition includes a brand new chapter on teaching interculturally, showing how children can reach their full creative potential and not be constrained by cultural stereotyping.

Key topics covered include:

■ Creative teaching, and what it means to teach creatively

■ Composition, listening and notation

■ Spontaneous music-making

■ Group music and performance

■ The use of multimedia

■ Integration of music into the wider curriculum

■ Musical play

■ Assessment and planning.

Teaching Music Creatively is packed with practical, innovative ideas for teaching music in a lively and imaginative way, together with the theory and background necessary to develop a comprehensive understanding of creative teaching methods. It is an invaluable resource for all those training to become primary school teachers, as well as practicing teachers looking for support and inspiration and undergraduate students of music and education.


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