Foundation Courses in Music History: A Case Study

Elizabeth Anne Wells


First-Year Foundation or Introduction to University courses are becoming increasingly important in grounding students with knowledge, skills and experience to succeed in their chosen field of study.  However, such courses often cover basics of writing, research, and critical thinking that sometimes distance students from the very subjects in which they are most interested.  This paper proposes a new model of a foundation course in music history for music majors that combines reflective and creative strategies for students, allowing them to connect with their own experiences and passions and bring those to the study of music history.  Using technology judiciously and a variety of classroom and out-of-class experiences enhances student retention and provides a model as to how instructors can “do it all” in one semester without significant attrition while enhancing future courses in music history and contributing to their success.


pedagogy foundation course curriculu

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