Sound Teaching : A Research-Informed Approach to Inspiring Confidence, Skill, and Enjoyment in Music Performance book cover
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Sound Teaching
A Research-Informed Approach to Inspiring Confidence, Skill, and Enjoyment in Music Performance

ISBN 9780367622138
Published December 31, 2021 by Routledge
158 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Sound Teaching explores the ways in which music psychology and education can meet to inspire developments in the teaching and learning of music performance.

The book is based on music practitioners’ research into aspects of their own professional practice. Each chapter addresses a specific topic related to musical communication and expression, performance confidence and enjoyment, or skill development in individual and group learning. It explains the background of the research, outlines main findings, and provides suggestions for practical applications. Sound Teaching provides a research-informed approach to teaching and contributes to music tutors’ professional development in teaching children and adults of various ages and abilities.

Sound Teaching is written for vocal and instrumental music teachers, music performers with a portfolio career, and music students at conservatoires and universities. Music students undertaking practice-related research will find examples of research methodologies and projects that are informative for their studies. Musical participants of all kinds – students, teachers, performers, and audiences – will find new ways of understanding their practice and experience through research.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction: a research-informed approach to vocal and instrumental music learning and teaching
    Henrique Meissner, Renee Timmers, Stephanie E. Pitts
  2. Part I: Musicians as teachers

  3. How musical learning experiences have an impact on music educators’ attitudes and practices
    Cláudia Braz Nunes  
  4. Traditional musicians as teachers: sharing skills for participation
    Josephine L. Miller
  5. Part II: Developing specialist musical skills 

  6. Teaching children and teenagers expressive music performance
    Henrique Meissner
  7. Developing timbre on the piano: interactions between sound, body, and concepts
    Shen Li
  8. Mobilising improvisation skills in classically trained musicians
    Jonathan Ayerst
  9. Part III: Group leadership and interaction in ensembles

  10. Communication and interaction in ensemble rehearsal
    Nicola Pennill 
  11. Conductors as teachers: the effects of verbal feedback on singers’ confidence, enjoyment, and performance quality
    Michael Bonshor
  12. Part IV: Strategies for enhancing musical confidence and enjoyment

  13. Singing and signing with Deaf and hearing impaired young people
    Gail Dudson
  14. Teaching pre-performance routines to improve students’ performance experience
    Mary Hawkes
  15. The teacher’s role in the enhancement of students’ performance experience
    Elsa Perdomo-Guevara
  16. Reflections on implications for sound teaching, lifelong music learning, and future research
    Henrique Meissner, Renee Timmers, Stephanie E. Pitts

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Henrique Meissner is Honorary Research Fellow at The University of Sheffield and Course Leader for Practice-based Research in the Master of Music at the Prins Claus Conservatorium in Groningen.

Renee Timmers is Professor of Psychology of Music at The University of Sheffield.

Stephanie E. Pitts is Professor of Music Education at The University of Sheffield.