Growing Musicians

By Sweet, Bridget
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UPC Code 9780199372072
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Growing Musicians: Teaching Music in Middle School and Beyond focuses on teaching adolescents within the context of a music classroom, regardless of content area (orchestra, band, choir, or general music). It provides a look at the importance of music courses in the lives of adolescents as they
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Growing Musicians: Teaching Music in Middle School and Beyond focuses on teaching adolescents within the context of a music classroom, regardless of content area (orchestra, band, choir, or general music). It provides a look at the importance of music courses in the lives of adolescents as they navigate the path between being a child and an adult.

As every music student is completely unique, there is no one-size-fits-all prescriptive way of working with this age group. Rather, music educators must approach adolescents with high musical standards and aspirations to learn and achieve within music.

Other considerations a successful middle school music teacher must have:

  • a willingness to honor the individuality of each adolescent musician;
  • a sense of structure, but an ability to be flexible;
  • a desire to foster and promote a safe classroom environment where students feel empowered to be themselves and speak openly about what they think and believe;
  • an understanding that music classes are not only safe places where students learn how to become better musicians but also better people through musical experiences focused on humanity and empathy;
  • a dose of humor, or at least the ability to acknowledge that adolescents are extremely funny whether or not they realize it.

Table of Contents:

  • Preface
  • Chapter 1: The Adolescent Musician
  • Chapter 2: The Music Teacher
  • Chapter 3: Establishing Music Classroom Climate
  • Chapter 4: Establishing the Framework for Successful Music Classes
  • Chapter 5: The Humanity of Teaching Music
  • Chapter 6: Humor in the Music Classroom
  • Appendix A: Teacher participant extended bios
  • References
  • Index
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