I was recently asked in a graduate class "What are the most important concepts you would like your students to really know and understand about music by the time that they graduate from high school?"
It was a question designed to get us to think about and define as music educators what our key 'enduring understandings' might be. Below is my initial list. I'm sure I'll revise it many times but for now it gives me a framework to work with and a lens through which to view my teaching:
- Music expresses and enhances human experiences.
- Music is a reflection of people, culture and events and expands our understanding of the world, its people and oneself.
- Music is organized and has structure. The ability to discern structure and form positively affects performance of and engagement with music.
- Music is transmitted through a variety of different systems and is created and performed by a wide variety of people and in a wide variety of media.
Wiggins, Grant and McTighe, Jay. Understanding by Design, Pearson: New Jersey (2005)