Curious, Collaborative, Creativity: Applying Student-Centered Principles to Performing Ensembles

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This article explores a comprehensive, student-centered alternative to traditional ensemble instruction with the goal of promoting better opportunities for musical independence and lifelong musicianship. Developed by Caron Collins from the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York-Potsdam, the Curious, Collaborative, Creativity (CCC) concept fosters student-centered learning and the promotion of 21st-century skills by encouraging students to select, arrange, and compose the repertoire to be studied; to work together in teams to equally contribute to the learning/understanding of music; and to share their work through informances to engage and enlighten community members. Examples from a current ensemble practicing CCC ideas illustrate the implementation of the model and provide suggestions for music educators.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-34
Number of pages8
JournalMusic Educators Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 2016
Externally publishedYes

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© 2016 National Association for Music Education.


  • 21st-century skills
  • band
  • Curious Collaborative Creativity
  • ensemble
  • motivation
  • student-centered


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