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The applied music lesson: Teaching gifted and talented students utilizing principles of comprehensive musicianship


Tracy Heavner 
University of South Alabama, United States 
theavner@jaguar1.usouthal.edu

 

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Abstract

Comprehensive musicianship is a term used to describe the intradisciplinary study of music. The comprehensive musicianship approach is closely related to Gestalt psychology in that music is approached as a totality, with a concern for constituent parts and how they relate to the whole (Willoughby, 1971). The concept of integration is central to the philosophy of comprehensive musicianship. By relating and integrating the various areas of music, integration allows for a logical and meaningful learning experience. The comprehensive musicianship approach brings balance and focus to the disparate areas of music, allowing students to pursue and explore all aspects of music and their interrelationships (Willoughby, 1971). The intent of the comprehensive musicianship approach is to integrate and synthesise all areas of music including music history, music literature, music theory, performance and pedagogy into a unified whole (Spearman, 1979; MENC, 1965). 

Music, comprehensive musicianship, integration, performance, gifted

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 Heavner, T. (2005) The applied music lesson: Teaching gifted and talented students utilizing principles of comprehensive musicianship. International Education Journal, 6(2), 170-174.
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