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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/26497

Title: Freedman in the Classroom
Authors: Shand, Patricia
Keywords: music education in Canada
Harry Freedman
Canadian educational music
student performers
school instrumental instruction
contemporary music notation
teaching musical concepts
teaching compositional techniques
ear training
Issue Date: 1974
Publisher: Ontario Music Educators' Association
Citation: Shand, Patricia. “Freedman in the Classroom.” The Recorder. Vol. 17, No. 1 (Sept. 1974), pp.10-15. Reprinted with permission of the author and the co-editors from Vol. XVI I , No. 1 (Season 17) of The Recorder, the journal of the Ontario Music Educators' Association.
Description: Shand describes composer Harry Freedman’s project which questions and potentially revitalizes classroom teaching of beginner band instruments. Freedman objects to the “band method” principle that unison playing is the best start for the beginning ensemble, and he points out that these “first” notes are awkward for many instruments. Instead, he has written a series of pieces which embrace comfortable starting points for all instruments, resulting in music which immediately uses tone clusters. Additionally, he advocates for transparent rather than tutti textures, so that students can hear their own playing and intonation. He also recognizes that musical intelligence is not limited by “beginner” technique, and he uses mixed meter and chance procedures, mixed with contemporary music notation to encourage ear training and dialogue about compositional technique.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/26497
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