1st Edition

Music Education in Your Hands An Introduction for Future Teachers

    170 Pages
    by Routledge

    170 Pages
    by Routledge

    Music Education in Your Hands is a textbook for the introductory course in Music Education. Written for future classroom music teachers, the book provides an overview of the music education system , illuminating the many topics that music educators need to know, including technology, teaching methods, curricular evolution, legislation, and a range of societal needs from cultural diversity to evolving tastes in music. It encompasses a broad picture of the profession, and how the future of music education rests in the hands of today’s student teachers as they learn how to become advocates for music in our schools.


      • A balance of sound historical foundations with recent research and thinking;

      • Coursework that is appropriate in level and length for a one semester introductory course;

      • Actual dialogue between undergraduate music education majors and teachers, illustrating pertinent issues teachers must face;
      • An emphasis on opportunities in the greater community beyond the walls of the school that music teachers should be familiar with;
      • Suggested topics for activities and critical thinking for every chapter;
      • A companion web site including student and instructor resources

    Preface 1. Why Music Education? 2. The Role of Government in School Music 3. The Music Curriculum for All Students 4. The Music Curriculum for Vocal and Instrumental 5. The Music Educator’s Communities 6. Professional Associations: the Third Community 7. What Music Teachers Need to Know to Be Successful 8. Competencies That Music Teachers Need to Be Successful 9. Challenges For the New Teacher 10. Statements of Belief: Words that Guide the Profession 11. Preparing for the Future of Music Education Appendix: The Power of Music Education: Two True Stories Notes Index


    Michael L. Mark is the author of several music education books in the area of music education history. He is retired from Towson University, where he was Dean of the Graduate School and professor of music. A member of the Music Educators Hall of Fame, he is a frequent speaker at universities and symposia.

    Patrice Madura is a Professor of Music Education at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she teaches freshmen through to doctoral students. She is the author of Becoming a Choral Music Teacher, and Getting Started with Vocal Improvisation, and of articles in Teaching Music in the Urban Classroom, Journal of Research in Music Education, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, International Journal of Music Education, and many more publications.