Contemporary Musicianship Initiative (CMI)

The CITME Contemporary Musicianship Initiative involves researching and developing aspects of music, musicianship, musical engagement, or music teaching and learning that are emerging or not yet widely present in music education. The foci of CMI are not necessarily new to society but may be new or newer to music education in the United States. The CMI also addresses aspects of music, musical engagement, or musicianship that may typically be marginalized or excluded in music programs. CMI is infused throughout the ASU music education undergraduate and graduate programs along with ongoing collaborative projects with our partners.

Current Initiatives

Secondary Hybrid Music Courses

Several CITME partners are in the process of developing and implementing new courses for students who do not tend to enroll in large ensembles (Band, Orchestra, Chorus) or transforming existing courses that have traditionally focused on a particular way of knowing or doing music. The development of hybrid music courses offers an alternative to "strands" such as AP Music Theory, Keyboard or Guitar Classes, and other curricular structures that focus on a particular aspect of music.

Popular Music & Culture

CITME and affiliates are involved in a variety of curricular and pedagogical initiatives that address popular music. This currently ranges from exploring the potential of Urban music and movement ensembles that incorporate Hip Hop culture or electronic dance music in schools to developing pedagogical and curricular approaches to integrating popular music and related engagement across K-12 contexts.

Games, Gaming, and Music

CITME is currently researching the affordances, constraints, and implications of integrating games (on computers, console systems, and mobile devices) in music education. We are looking at both music-focused games and the music in games that are not music-specific. We are also looking at a range of interfaces used in conjunction with video games systems and how people interact with the games and music.

Digital Culture(s) and Media Arts

CITME is at the forefront of identifying, researching, and developing productive intersections between music education, digital culture, and media arts.

Participatory Culture(s)

CITME identifies researches, and develops approaches to fostering participatory cultures in music programs and addressing aspects of participatory cultures in society.

Past Projects

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