"Threading the Concept: Powerful Learning for the Music Classroom" by Debra Hedden.


POWERFUL LEARNING: Debra Hedden, associate professor of music education and music therapy, has published a new book, “Threading the Concept: Powerful Learning for the Music Classroom.” The book focuses on a unique pedagogical approach of using one concept at a time to help children learn through singing, moving, performing, listening, reading/writing, and creating music. There are two segments of the book: the first focuses on how children learn and how teachers teach; the second is a host of model lessons that offer learning experiences based on a particular concept — melody, harmony, rhythm or form — at each grade level. Hedden has presented a number of workshops related to the idea of threading the concept through all music learning experiences. The book will be available at Jayhawk Ink in the Kansas Union upon its release.

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