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CanRock classroom: Two pre-service teachers’ experiences of a popular music pedagogy course in Canada

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Research on popular music pedagogy tends to centre on teaching and learning practices related to school-aged students; less research has focused on the training of pre-service teachers. We present the perspectives of two pre-service teachers on their experiences taking the first iteration of a popular music pedagogy course at a university in Canada as part of their music education studies. The examination we present is limited to one site and two pre-service teachers’ perspectives, but focuses on some important themes including group dynamics, songwriting, integrating technology and learning popular music instruments. We begin by surveying some recent related literature on popular music pedagogy before outlining our purpose and method. Then, we detail the underpinning ‘informal learning’ ethos of the course and provide a course description. Finally, we present our findings on the two pre-service teachers’ experiences with the course and conclude with a brief discussion that contextualizes these results with related literature.
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Keywords: Canada; music technology; popular music education; popular music pedagogy; pre-service teachers; songwriting

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Calgary

Publication date: December 1, 2019

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  • The main aims of Journal of Popular Music Education, especially initially, will be iteratively to define the parameters of the field and disciplines of its readership and contributors (especially with regard to other journals in popular music and music education), this being an emerging field of scholarship and practice. The other principal aim will be to disseminate excellent critique and other forms of scholarship (e.g. phenomenological) in and related to the field. The journal will have an inclusive, global reach. 'Education' and 'popular music' are terms that we expect to be stretched and problematized through rigorous examination from multiple international perspectives.
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