Engaging Students: Essays in Music Pedagogy, vol. 6

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Engaging Students: Essays in Music Pedagogy presents short essays on the subject of student-centered learning, and serves as an open-access, web-based resource for those teaching college-level classes in music. This is the sixth volume of Engaging Students. You can find the original collection and read more about the vision behind this project here.

We hope that you enjoy reading this volume as much as we have enjoyed putting it together.

Front matter




A Student-Centered Approach to Composing Popular Music in the Theory Classroom
Bruno Alcalde, University of Richmond

The Analysis Paper as Academic Argument
Damian Blättler, Rice University

Part Writing Can Be Student Centered
Timothy Chenette, Utah State University

“Calling Captain Scaffold!” Interactive Handouts to Stimulate Student Learning
Jennifer Shafer, University of Delaware

Transcending the Pedagogical Patriarchy: Practical Suggestions for Including Examples from Women Composers in the Music Theory Curriculum
Cara Stroud, Michigan State University


Testing the student’s ability to hear elements of sonata form without a score
Jenine Brown, The Peabody Conservatory, Johns Hopkins University

Some Reharmonization Techniques for Popular Music: Melodic Skeletons, the Melodic-Harmonic Divorce, and Meta-Schemas
Trevor de Clercq, Middle Tennessee State University

Incorporating Model Composition and Improvisation into the Theory Curriculum: Further Reflections on Benefits and Challenges
Gilad Rabinovitch and Martin Norgaard, Georgia State University

Making a Case for Freewriting in the Music Theory Classroom
Jennifer Salamone, Oberlin Conservatory

Using Gallery Walks for Engagement in the Music History Classroom
Reba Wissner, Montclair State University

Teaching with Timelines
Brent Yorgason, Brigham Young University

Editorial & Review Board

Philip Duker, University of Delaware, co-editor
Anna Gawboy, Ohio State University, co-editor
Bryn Hughes, University of Lethbridge, co-editor
Meghan Naxer, Kent State University, co-editor
Daniel Shanahan, Ohio State University, production editor

Danny Arthurs, University of Tulsa
Sarah Bakker, Utah State University
Daniel Blim, Denison University
Carla Colletti, Webster University
Dave Easley, Oklahoma City University
Gretchen Foley, University of Nebraska—Lincoln
Philip Gentry, University of Delaware
Stephen Gosden, University of North Florida
Kyle Gullings, University of Texas—Tyler
Enoch Jacobus, Shorter University
J. Daniel Jenkins, University of South Carolina
Tom Johnson, Skidmore College
Megan Lavengood, George Mason University
Jeff Lovell, Lebanon Valley College
Anabel Maler, University of Chicago
Greg McCandless, Appalachian State University
Garrett Michaelsen, University of Massachusetts—Lowell
Nancy Murphy, University of Houston
Cora Palfy, Elon University
Colin Roust, University of Kansas
Rene Rusch, University of Michigan
Abby Shupe, Colorado State University
Chris Stover, Arizona State University