Instrumental Music Education: Teaching with the Musical and Practical in Harmony, 2nd 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. This textbook presents a research-based look 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.
The companion website contains over 120 pedagogy videos for wind, string, and percussion instruments, performed by professional players and teachers, over 50 rehearsal videos, rhythm flashcards, and two additional chapters, "The Rehearsal Toolkit," and "Job Search and Interview." It also includes over 50 tracks of acoustically pure drones and demonstration exercises for use in rehearsals, sectionals and lessons.
New to this edition:
• Alternative, non-traditional ensembles: How to offer culturally relevant opportunities for more students, including mariachi, African drumming, and steel pans.
• More learning and assessment strategies
• The science of learning and practicing: How the brain acquires information
• The philosophies of Orff and El Sistema, along with the existing ones on Kodály, Suzuki, and Gordon.
• The Double Pyramid of Balance: Francis McBeth’s classic system for using good balance to influence tone and pitch.
• Updated information about copyright for the digital age
Evan Feldman is Conductor of the Wind Ensemble and Associate Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ari Contzius is the Wind Ensemble Conductor at Washingtonville High School, Washingtonville, NY
Mitchell Lutch is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Central College in Pella, Iowa
Unit 1: The Process of Teaching Instrumental Music
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
Chapter 6: Special Topics: Constructivism, Concept Attainment, and Direct Instruction
Unit 2: Directing Bands and Orchestras
Chapter 7: Classroom Management
Chapter 8: Curriculum, Assessment and Grading
Chapter 9: Repertoire
Chapter 10: Score Study
Chapter 11: Large Ensemble Set-Up
Chapter 12: Rehearsals
Chapter 13: Special Topics: Inclusion- Instrumental Music for Students with Disabilities
Chapter 14: Intonation
Chapter 15: Directing Other Ensembles
Chapter 16: Special Topics: Motivation
Unit 3: Administrative Issues
Chapter 17: Recruiting, Organizing, and Starting the Band & Orchestra
Chapter 18: Planning and Managing the Concert
Chapter 19: Fundraising, Promotion and Advocacy
Chapter 20: Communication
Chapter 21: The Music Budget
Chapter 22: Copyrights
Chapter 23: Managing Sound Levels: Protecting Your Ears and Those of Your Students
Chapter 24: Leadership, Mentors and Professional Development
Chapter 25: The Job Search