This article is based on the research done in cooperation between Yogyakarta State University
Indonesia, Hoogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht, and Utrecht University in the Netherlands entitled Developing The Music Thematic Teaching and Learning Based on Implementation in the Netherlands. One of the objectives of the study was to develop an integrated music teaching model as the implementation of the 2013 curriculum in Indonesia, which up to now has not been completely formulated.
The data collection techniques used were interviews, observations, documentation, and literature study. The researchers interviewed educational experts in the Netherlands, i.e. the policy makers, school principals, teachers/lecturers, students, and other stakeholders. The researchers also observed the music teaching learning processes in the Netherlands, from the early childhood education, primary school, secondary school, and the university level.
The findings showed that the integrated music teaching model developed in the Netherlands had the characteristics which were in accordance with the new curriculum of Indonesia, so that the model can be applied in Indonesia, which was in accordance with the characteristics of the teaching situations in Indonesia. The procedures are: a) the teacher gave explanation about the core materials; b) the teacher gave an assignment to be done in groups, each group having different assignments but each assignment became a part of the class project; c) the students discussed the assignment and formed the music concept and practiced the materials which would be performed; d) the students presented their works in groups; e) the students had a reflection; and f) evaluation.