At the annual Teaching Music History Conference at Metropolitan State University in Denver, Matt Baumer and Kevin Burke presented a paper titled, “Beyond Appreciation: A New Philosophy for Intro to Music Courses.”
The conference brings together music history teachers from around the country for a weekend of new ideas, practical tips, and analysis. Baumer and Burke argued that the current music appreciation model is indebted to outdated Romantic aesthetics and 19th-century class ideologies.
They suggested that a philosophy based on the Praxial view of music education, combined with a learner-centered approach to teaching, can rejuvenate these courses for the future.
Active teaching methods such as singing, drumming, and manipulating music with computer-based tools should supplement lectures for a more engaging experience.