Teaching Approaches in Music Theory: An Overview of Pedagogical Philosophies / Edition 1

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Overview

Drawing on decades of teaching experience and the collective wisdom of dozens of the most creative theorists in the country, Michael R. Rogers’s diverse survey of music theory—one of the first to comprehensively survey and evaluate the teaching styles, techniques, and materials used in theory courses—is a unique reference and research tool for teachers, theorists, secondary and postsecondary students, and for private study. This revised edition of Teaching Approaches in Music Theory: An Overview of Pedagogical Philosophies features an extensive updated bibliography encompassing the years since the volume was first published in 1984.           

 

In a new preface to this edition, Rogers references advancements in the field over the past two decades, from the appearance of the first scholarly journal devoted entirely to aspects of music theory education to the emergence of electronic advances and devices that will provide a supporting, if not central, role in the teaching of music theory in the foreseeable future. With the updated information, the text continues to provide an excellent starting point for the study of music theory pedagogy.             

 

Rogers has organized the book very much like a sonata. Part one, "Background,” delineates principal ideas and themes, acquaints readers with the author’s views of contemporary musical theory, and includes an orientation to an eclectic range of philosophical thinking on the subject; part two, "Thinking and Listening,” develops these ideas in the specific areas of mindtraining and analysis, including a chapter on ear training; and part three, "Achieving Teaching Success,” recapitulates main points in alternate contexts and surroundings and discusses how they can be applied to teaching and the evaluation of design and curriculum.             

 

Teaching Approaches in Music Theory emphasizes thoughtful examination and critique of the underlying and often tacit assumptions behind textbooks, materials, and technologies. Consistently combining general methods with specific examples and both philosophical and practical reasoning, Rogers compares and contrasts pairs of concepts and teaching approaches, some mutually exclusive and some overlapping. The volume is enhanced by extensive suggested reading lists for each chapter.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809311477
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1984
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Lexile: 1430L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael R. Rogers is Emeritus Kenneth and Bernadine Russell Endowed Professor of Music Theory at the University of Oklahoma. His published articles on musical analysis and music theory pedagogy appear in numerous journals.   

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Table of Contents

1 The purpose and goals of music theory
2 Philosophical orientations
Integration versus separation
Comprehensive musicianship versus isolation
Historical versus astylistic approaches
Concepts versus skills
3 Mind training
Fundamentals
Tonal harmony
Presenting new material
Counterpoint
Melody
Keyboard
Twentieth-century music
4 Musical analysis
Philosophy
Method
5 Ear training
Recognition
Melodic dictation
Harmonic dictation
Sightsinging
Twentieth-century ear training
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