The Necessity of Openness for Music Education

Matthew D. Thibeault

Matthew D. Thibeault is Assistant Professor of Music Education and Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction (Affiliate) at the University Of Illinois. He studied music education and psychology at Florida State University before completing MA and Ph.D. degrees at Stanford University in Curriculum Studies in Arts Education. He is widely published in the areas general music and technology. He edited the section on media and music education for the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Music Education. He also is co-managing editor of the International Journal of Education & the Arts, and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Music, Technology, and Education. He writes a column for practitioners, "Secondary Scene" in General Music Today. Working on a multi-year National Science Foundation grant, he co-authored the book Designing Everyday Assessment in the Science Classroom (Teachers College Press). Thibeault began his music education career as a public K-3 music specialist for the Portola Valley School District, and later worked at the School of the Arts in San Francisco.

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  1. bobwoody says:

    Matt – What a great read here! I especially appreciated the point about how classical/formal music culture (including most teachers) puts a premium on melodic/harmonic complexity and invention, whereas most popular music gives greater attention to rhythmic aspects. Might it even be true for most musics around the world? It reflects a value system.

    Also did you catch Charles Limb’s TED Talk? He gives the creativity of freestyle rapper its due.

  1. October 1, 2011

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