192 pages | 1 B/W Illus.
This timely book explores teaching music in the urban setting along with interviews and journal accounts from urban music teachers in a variety of specializations. Written for pre-service music education students and music teachers new to urban teaching, this is a must-read for those considering teaching in the urban schools. Selected topics include culturally responsive teaching; White teachers working with students of color; nurturing pedagogy for at-risk youths; working with ESL students and immigrant families; creating a democratic and socially just music classroom; and developing habits of teaching that promote resilience and confidence in the emotional, social, and academic well-being of young musicians. A valuable resource for music teaching, this book features an accessible blend of theory and practice with authentic stories from the field.
A seminal and important work. Professor DeLorenzo’s brilliant insight about, and work with, at-risk youths is revealed in how she uses their natural (and necessary) resilience to the affronts of society and their desire for creative expression in an increasingly complex world, weaves that knowledge with her area of expertise (teaching music in urban settings), and brings out in these young adults an emotional, social, creative, and academic confidence and well-being. Simply amazing. DeLorenzo even takes a dollop of my more gritty, in-your-face street gang research of a quarter century ago, updates it to today and, in her unique way, comes out with a mélange of creative insight that is sheer, radiant genius. – Author M. Rutledge McCall (Slipping Into Darkness)
Acknowledgements Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Nurturing Pedagogy: Acknowledging the Gifts of Every Child Chapter 3 Helping Troubled Students Succeed Chapter 4 Narrowing the Opportunity Gap for Urban Students Chapter 5 Learning to Roll With the Punches Chapter 6 When White Teachers Teach Students of Color Chapter 7 Democracy, Social Justice, and Hip Hop Chapter 8 The Good Teacher Index