Japanese Voice-Rhythm Ensemble Practice by Using Gordon's Instructional Template (IT): A Case in Developing World Music Perspectives

Shizuka Sutani (Fukuoka Women's Junior College, Japan) and Richard Keith Gordon (Seisa University, Japan & California State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2019 |Pages: 164
EISBN13: 9781522598794|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-8042-3.ch008
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The study describes a music teacher's experience teaching a voice-rhythm ensemble in a Japanese elementary school by utilizing Gordon's instructional template (IT). The IT is a seven-step template used to map a democratically based pedagogy. In this study, 32 (N=32) fifth graders were divided in four groups. The first lesson began with students listening to several musical selections that did not include any melodies. The students then sung a voice-rhythm ensemble called Yasainokimochi, which is constructed just by syllables without any melodies. Finally, small groups of students created and arranged an original voice-rhythm ensemble. During this lesson sequence, the teacher used Gordon's IT to facilitate student-teacher and peer discussions. As a part of the IT process, students and the teacher also reflected on the learning sequence and listened to one another in building the desired musical outcome. An underlying foundation of this classroom is to imbue in students the kyosei principles of understanding each other, leaving nobody out, and making friends.
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