THE BENEFITS AND HURDLES OF OFFERING NON-PERFORMANCE MUSIC CLASSES AT THE SECONDARY LEVEL
Many schools at the Secondary Level focus their music program around performing ensembles, such as band, orchestra, or choir. These ensembles are based in traditional Western music practices and exclude a large portion of the school’s student population. The purpose of this literature review was to share the benefits of providing non-performance music classes, as well as highlight some of the likely roadblocks that may be encountered when trying to implement these classes into the school curriculum. There are a number of anecdotal accounts of the benefits of non-performance music classes, but little academic research seems to have been done on this topic. Additionally, the information that was available for the literature review, equally warned of the many hurdles that one might endure when trying to pursue the addition of non-performance music classes at their school. Through this research, two clear outcomes presented themselves. There is resounding evidence that non-performance music classes provide educational benefits, as well as social and emotional benefits. The research also showed recurring administrative roadblocks, teacher hurdles, and a lack of resources provided to future teachers in undergraduate programs.
Keywords: music, non-performance, classes, benefits, hurdles
Lonergan, Brian, "Non-Performance Music Classes: Benefits & Hurdles" (2021). Graduate Research Posters. 1.