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New Music Concepts 2019

The Music Education Project: a Training Activity for Future Teachers

Part of the New Music Concepts book series (NMC volume 6)
ISBN: 978-88-944350-0-9

Author(s): Giovanna Carugno

Abstract: This paper aims at illustrating the results of a training activity (named "Music education project") carried out with a small group of students, enrolled in a bachelor's degree program in music pedagogy, with an emphasis on early childhood education, in an Italian Conservatory. The activity was entirely based on the elaboration of a music education project, as a simulation of a task that the students will tackle when entering into the labor market. It was carried out in three different phases: after participating in four workshops specifically addressed to the understanding of the basis of active music education methods (Orff, Dalcroze, Kodaly), the students attended a lecture dedicated to the explanation of the structure of a project to be presented to an ideal school principal and then they were involved in creating their personal project of music education. The outcomes of the training activity show that most of the students have proposed interdisciplinary projects, that put music education in dialogue with other subjects, and have chosen a mixed methodological approach, combining the main features of the music education methods explored during the preliminary workshops. Moreover, the project proposals gave some hints on the identity of the students, helping them in becoming aware of their interests, needs, motivations and competences as future teachers.

Keywords: Music education, Music teachers' training, Project-based learning