4th Edition

Instrumental Music Education Teaching with the Musical and Practical in Harmony

By Evan Feldman, Ari Contzius Copyright 2025
    544 Pages 110 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    544 Pages 110 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Instrumental Music Education: Teaching with the Theoretical and Practical in Harmony, Fourth Edition, is intended for college instrumental music education majors studying to be band and orchestra directors at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. Its fundamental goal is to prepare music teachers for the real world, looking at the topics vital to running a successful instrumental music program, while balancing musical, theoretical, and practical approaches. A central theme is the compelling parallel between language and music, including "sound-to-symbol" pedagogies. Understanding this connection improves the teaching of melody, rhythm, composition, and improvisation.

    Unique to this book is its research-based approach; its overview of a variety of educational sites is more extensive than any similar resource. Its accompanying Instructor and Student Resources include over 120 videos filmed with high school, college, and community concert, pedagogy videos for all wind and string instruments, presented by professional players and teachers.

    New to this edition:
    • A section on social emotional learning (SEL)
    • An introduction to culturally responsive teaching
    • Additional discussion of teaching composition, improvisation, and creativity
    • Expanded discussion of the advantages, challenges, and philosophies surrounding teaching ensembles other than band and orchestra
    • Many updates and additions throughout the text

    Offering best practices rooted in experience and clear, balanced coverage of pedagogical, philosophical, and administrative issues, this textbook effectively prepares future band and orchestra instructors to teach at all levels.

    Chapter 1 An Introduction to Sound–to–Symbol
    Chapter 2 Teaching Rhythm and Rhythm Reading: Audiation, Pulse, Pattern, and Meter
    Chapter 3 Tonality, Melody, and Singing
    Chapter 4 Teaching Improvisation and Composition
    Chapter 5 The History of Instrumental Music Education and Its Philosophy: A Brief Introduction
    Chapter 6 Special Topics: Constructivism, Concept Attainment, and Direct Instruction

    Chapter 7 Classroom Management
    Chapter 8 Special Topics: Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in the Music Classroom
    Chapter 9 Curriculum, Assessment, and Grading
    Chapter 10 Repertoire
    Chapter 11 Special Topics: An Introduction to Culturally Responsive Teaching
    Chapter 12 Score Study
    Chapter 13 On Conducting Technique
    Chapter 14 Large Ensemble Set-Up
    Chapter 15 Rehearsals
    Chapter 16 Special Topics: Inclusion—Instrumental Music for Students with Special Needs
    Chapter 17 Intonation
    Chapter 18 Directing Other Ensembles
    Chapter 19 Recruiting, Organizing, and Starting the Band and Orchestra
    Chapter 20 Sound–to–Symbol in the Beginning Instrumental Classroom
    Chapter 21 String Pedagogy for Non-String Players

    Chapter 22 Planning and Managing a Concert/Concert Etiquette
    Chapter 23 Fundraising, Promotion, and Advocacy
    Chapter 24 Communication
    Chapter 25 The Music Budget
    Chapter 26 Copyrights
    Chapter 27 Managing Sound Levels: Protecting Your Ears and Those of Your Students
    Chapter 28 Special Topics: Leadership, Mentors, and Professional Development
    Chapter 29 Job Interview Questions


    Evan Feldman, DMA is Conductor of the Wind Ensemble and Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    Ari Contzius
    is the Wind Ensemble Conductor at Washingtonville High School, Washingtonville, New York.

    Mitchell Lutch, DMA
    is Assistant Teaching Professor of Music and Concert Band Director at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA.

    Katarzyna (Kasia) Bugaj
    is Associate Professor of String Music Education in the College of Music at The Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.

    William L. Lake, Jr., DMA
    is Director of Concert Bands at the Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music at George Mason University.