Graduate music education as a site for reconfiguring curriculum development

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Curriculum scholars in music education have identified themes and issues to be addressed in reconceptualizing the music curriculum and moving beyond prescriptive and technical models of curriculum planning. Curriculum development courses designed for novice and experienced teachers enrolled in graduate studies serve as sites in which teachers can examine their assumptions about music teaching and learning, think deeply about the school settings where the curriculum is situated, reflect upon the challenges that face the contemporary music classroom, analyze and interpret curricular models and initiatives that address those challenges, and synthesize these insights to design imaginative and compelling musical experiences for students. Graduate study can serve as a catalyst for teachers' professional development, and a cornerstone for the advancement of curricular discourse in music education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6-19
Number of pages14
JournalResearch Studies in Music Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Curriculum studies
  • Doctoral degrees
  • Graduate study
  • Masters degrees
  • Professional development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Music


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