This article addresses how music programs can help public schools fulfill their social mission by offering instruments, ensembles, and genres that Americans are interested in pursuing socially. Data from a 2006 Gallup poll, and music instrument sales are used to indicate that such musics utilize rhythm section instruments. A researcher conducted survey of sample universities reveals that those instruments are not included in music teacher education programs. Therefore, the author calls for music teacher education programs to broaden secondary instrument class offerings to include rhythm section instruments; thus preparing Preservice teachers to teach them and genres that utilize them. Finally, the author provides a model of one university’s curriculum to illustrate how a university can develop a unique curriculum that offers rhythm section instruments and a variety of popular musics and jazz.
Jones, Patrick M.
"Preparing Music Teachers for Change: Broadening Instrument Class Offerings to Foster Lifewide and Lifelong Musicing,"
Visions of Research in Music Education: Vol. 12
, Article 3.
Available at: https://opencommons.uconn.edu/vrme/vol12/iss1/3