Modern Band in Elementary Music

Matthew Clauhs, Beatrice B. Olesko, Martina Vasil

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Modern band programs have spread throughout the United States to create learner-centered and culturally affirming school music experiences for children. The four key concepts of modern band, (1) approximation and scaffolding, (2) decision-making, (3) iconic notation, and (4) culturally sustaining (music education), are congruent with many elementary general music philosophies and pedagogies. This article examines intersections of modern band and general music practices and demonstrates how typical classroom instruments (e.g., unpitched percussion, ukuleles, xylophones, and metallophones) can be used to implement key modern band concepts in an elementary school general music setting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-51
Number of pages8
JournalMusic Educators Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2024

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  • classroom instruments
  • elementary school
  • general music
  • modern band
  • popular music

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Music


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