Project-based Learning in the Music Classroom

a Systematic Review




project method, music education, methodology, Interdisciplinary approach, curriculum


The present literature review conceptualizes the practice of PBL in the music classroom in primary education, secondary education and university (teachers’ education). In order to do that, we analyze articles in two databases: Dialnet and the database of the Education Resources Information Center (ERIC). After two selection procedures, we identify sixty-six articles describing projects in these three levels of education. The most challenging projects in music education try to achieve four goals: generating a research process, developing music practice, working across multiple disciplines and making a public presentation of the product.


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Author Biographies

Ana María Botella Nicolás, Valencia University (Spain)

Professor of the Department of Didactics of Music, Plastic and Corporal Expression of the Faculty of Education at the University of Valencia. Graduate in Geography and History (specialising in Musicology) and a Diploma in Teaching (specialising in Music Education) from the University of Oviedo. Professional degree in Music (Piano) and International Master's Degree in Music in the same speciality from the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Oviedo "Eduardo Martínez Torner". Doctorate in Pedagogy from the University of Valencia with a thesis that analysed and catalogued the music of the Moors and Christians of Alcoy, as well as carrying out a didactic application in the secondary school classroom, for which she obtained a grant awarded by the Instituto Alicantino de Cultura "Juan Gil-Albert" (Alicante Provincial Council). She is a career civil servant in the corps of secondary school teachers (currently on leave of absence). She is Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Teaching.

Pablo Ramos Ramos, IES Distrito Marítimo de Valencia (Spain)

Teacher and Civil servant at the Luis Vives Secondary School in Valencia (Spain). Master's degree in Music Research from the University Paris IV-Sorbonne. Research interests: music didactics in secondary education; project-based learning; action research.



How to Cite

Botella Nicolás, Ana María, and Pablo Ramos Ramos. 2021. “Project-Based Learning in the Music Classroom: A Systematic Review”. Per Musi, no. 40 (February):1-15.



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