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Modern Band and Special Learners

By David Knapp|December 22, 2020|

For the greater part of the past 50 years, music educators have advocated for contemporary approaches to music education that reflect the interests of students. This has recently manifested in an approach to music education that scholars call Modern Band. Though the term lacks any one definition, Modern Band classes [...]

Popular Music Education and American Democracy: Why I Coined the Term ‘Modern Band’ and the Road Ahead

By Dave Wish|January 12, 2020|

In this article, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Music Will describes how his early work as an elementary school teacher providing an extra-curricular guitar club, evolved into him founding a music education nonprofit organization. By inventing the term, ‘modern band’ and joining nationwide leading efforts for systemic change [...]

Approximation and Scaffolding in Modern Band

By Bryan Powell, DMA and Scott Burstein|September 1, 2019|

Many K–12 teachers face hurdles when it comes to running a Modern Band, including the pedagogical challenges of facilitating large scale ensembles with unfamiliar repertoire and instruments. Approximation and scaffolding are two important tools teachers can use to help learners thrive in this environment. This article uses music examples to [...]

Integrating popular music and informal music learning practices: A multiple case study of secondary school music teachers enacting change in music education

By Martina Vasil|January 1, 2019|

The purpose of this multiple case study was to examine the practices and perspectives of four music teachers who integrated popular music and informal music learning practices into their secondary school music programs in the United States. A primary goal was to understand music teachers’ process of enacting change. Data [...]

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