This article describes an introduction to music education course that engages future teachers in two approaches to music learning that differ from the formalized notation based training most have experienced. The approaches included are systematic aural transmission, as codified by Edwin Gordon, and informal music learning as described by Lucy Green. Students are required to reflect critically on their learning experiences through journaling and discussion. The struggles students experience while engaging in aural music learning serve as an excellent forum for developing understandings about the nature of music learning. The class is not a template for teaching in an alternative manner upon entering the profession, but rather a forum to acquire understandings and dispositions that might allow them to consider creative approaches to teaching upon entering the profession.
"Encouraging ChangeL Incorporation Aural and Informal Learning Processes in an Introductory Music Education Course,"
Visions of Research in Music Education: Vol. 12, Article 5.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.lib.uconn.edu/vrme/vol12/iss1/5