Designed to support teachers in developing new strategies and pedagogies for teaching music, and for teacher education students requiring a comprehensive overview of the subject, Teaching Secondary Music provides a modern and accessible of key issues in music education at secondary level.

Focusing on the nature of musical understanding and how to facilitate and assess musical progress, the editors bring together a team of experienced music educators leading the program of support for the secondary curriculum.

Supported with practical examples, case studies and resources exploring effective practice, Teaching Secondary Music covers the key concepts and approaches which underpin good practice in secondary music education. These include:

How music relates to other curriculum subjects; Ways of implementing newer aspects of the curriculum; The music industry and intellectual property rights; Working with a range of musicians; Using ICT as a tool for musical performance; Developing musical leadership

This book is essential reading for PGCE Secondary music specialists and practicing music teachers.

Developing Musical Leadership

Developing Musical Leadership

Developing musical leadership


The notion of musical leadership, like many others in current educational discourse, is a contested one. The stance adopted in this chapter is that musical leadership allows students to become increasingly autonomous in their own music-making, becoming more able to make informed decisions about the sorts of music in which they wish to be involved, and helping them develop their own autonomous music-making and creating skills.

Musical Leadership in the Curriculum

The work of ‘Musical Futures' ( has demonstrated that Key Stage 3 students are able to work autonomously at developing their own musical learning. Musical Futures was developed by Lucy Green, arising in part out of her research into the ways in which popular musicians learn (Green 2002):

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