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The Teaching of Instrumental Music / Edition 5

The Teaching of Instrumental Music / Edition 5

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Taylor & Francis
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Taylor & Francis
The Teaching of Instrumental Music / Edition 5

The Teaching of Instrumental Music / Edition 5


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The Teaching of Instrumental Music, Fifth Edition introduces music education majors to basic instrumental pedagogy for the instruments and ensembles commonly found in the elementary and secondary curricula. It focuses on the core competencies required for teacher certification in instrumental music, with the pervasive philosophy to assist teachers as they develop an instrumental music program based on understanding and respecting all types of music.

Parts I and II focus on essential issues for a successful instrumental program, presenting first the history and foundations, followed by effective strategies in administrative tasks and classroom teaching. Parts III, IV, and V are devoted to the skills and techniques of woodwind, brass and percussion, and string instruments. In all, The Teaching of Instrumental Music is the complete reference for the beginning instrumental teacher, commonly retained in a student's professional library for its unique and comprehensive coverage.


  • Revision and updating of curriculum developments, such as coordinating State Department of Education student learning objectives with the recent Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
  • New discussion of the NAfME National Standards as they relate to the teaching of instrumental music
  • Revamping of rehearsing instrumental ensembles chapters, including new or expanded sections on programming, choosing quality music, and applying successful rehearsal techniques
  • Updates on references, plus new discussion questions, and websites and internet links
  • A chapter devoted to classroom guitar
  • Updates on the use of technology for teaching and learning music
  • More on healthy performance practice, marching band, and jazz band
  • Online materials located in the eResources section on the Routledge website.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138667204
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 10/05/2017
Edition description: New
Pages: 444
Product dimensions: 8.25(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Richard J. Colwell is in the Music Educators Hall of Fame and received special citations from the International Society for Music Education, Illinois Music Educators Association, and National Federation of Music Clubs. He founded the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education and the Quarterly Journal of Music Teaching and Learning.

Michael P. Hewitt is Professor of Music Education at the University of Maryland, and founder and director of the University of Maryland Summer Youth Music Camp, a day camp that reaches over 400 middle and high school musicians each year.

Mark Fonder is Professor Emeritus of Music Education at Ithaca College where he conducted the Concert Band and chaired their Music Education Department. He was also chair of the Editorial Board of the Music Educators Journal and has taught elementary through university level instrumental music education for over 35 years.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Part I – The Foundations

  1. History of Instrumental Music
  2. Teaching and the Role of Motivation
  3. Objectives, Standards, and Curriculum Development
  4. Assessment
  5. Administering and Organizing the Program
  6. Recruiting
  7. Scheduling
  8. Special Populations and Instrumental Music
  9. The Physiology of Instrumental Music Performance
  10. Part II – The Ensembles and Classroom Teaching

  11. Planning for and Rehearsing Instrumental Ensembles
  12. Planning for and Teaching Beginning Instrumental Students
  13. The Marching Band
  14. The Jazz Ensemble
  15. The Guitar and Classroom Teaching
  16. Part III– The Woodwind Instruments

  17. Winds Principles
  18. The Flute
  19. The Oboe
  20. The Clarinet
  21. The Saxophone
  22. The Bassoon
  23. Part IV – The Brass and Percussion Instruments

  24. Brass Principles
  25. The Trumpet and Cornet
  26. The Horn
  27. The Trombone and Baritone/Euphonium
  28. The Tuba
  29. Percussion Instruments
  30. Part V – The String Instruments

  31. Strings Principles
  32. The Violin
  33. The Viola
  34. The Cello
  35. The Double Bass

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