This book examines contemporary issues in music teaching and learning throughout the lifespan, illuminating an emerging nexus of trends shaping modern research in music education. In the past, most music learning opportunities and research were focused upon the pre-adult population. Yet, music education occurs throughout the lifespan, from birth until death, emerging not only through traditional formal ensembles and courses, but increasingly through informal settings as well. This book challenges previous assumptions in music education and offers theoretical perspectives that can guide contemporary research and practice. Exploring music teaching and learning practices through the lens of human development, sections highlight recent research on topics that shape music learning trajectories. Themes uniting the book include human development, assessment strategies, technological applications, professional practices, and cultural understanding. The volume deconstructs and reformulates performance ensembles to foster mutually rewarding collaborations across miles and generations. It develops new measures and strategies for assessment practices for professionals as well as frameworks for guiding students to employ effective strategies for self-assessment. Supplemental critical thinking questions focus the reader on research applications and provide insight into future research topics. This volume joining established experts and emerging scholars at the forefront of this multifaceted frontier is essential reading for educators, researchers, and scholars, who will make the promises of the 21st century a reality in music education. It will be of interest to a range of fields including music therapy, lifelong learning, adult learning, human development, community music, psychology of music, and research design.

part I|84 pages

Theoretical Perspectives in Music Learning Across the Lifespan

chapter 1|10 pages

Development in Music Education

A Lifelong Perspective

chapter 5|12 pages

Redefining Music Literacy

Common Core to Common Score

chapter 7|10 pages

Brief Focused Inquiry (BFI)

Conceptualizing a Strategy for Small-Scale Research Studies

part II|64 pages

Music Instruction in Early Childhood and the Formative Years

chapter 8|10 pages

Infants' Home Soundscape

A Day in the Life of a Family

chapter 9|14 pages

A Two-Year Study on Young Children's Interactivity With an iPad App

The Carnival of the Animals (COA)

chapter 10|12 pages

Music Performance Anxiety in Young Children

A Review of Literature

part III|54 pages

Music Learning in Adolescence to Young Adulthood

chapter 13|13 pages

Aural Skills Assessment in Young Adult Musicians

Results of a Harmony and Word N-Back Task

chapter 16|14 pages

Relationships of Background Experience and Music Teaching Style with Conducting Functions

Career Development and Pedagogical Implications

part IV|48 pages

Middle Age and Older Adult Musical Engagement