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1st Edition

Teaching Music
The Urban Experience

ISBN 9780815354772
Published April 9, 2019 by Routledge
204 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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Lisa C. DeLorenzo is a Professor of Music Education and Graduate Coordinator of Music Education at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University, NJ. Her first book, Sketches in Democracy: Notes from an Urban Classroom, was named a Critics Choice Book Award given by the American Educational Studies Association. She is also the editor of Giving Voice to Democracy in Music Education: Diversity and Social Justice, published by Routledge, and has worked with urban youth over the past 25 years. Dr. DeLorenzo received the Mandela Award for Outstanding Leadership in Diversity at Montclair State University for her work with Black and Latino youths. In addition, she is a former fellow of the Institute for Educational Inquiry, founded by John I. Goodlad, where she studied school renewal built on principles of democracy. Her areas of scholarship include urban music teacher education, democracy, and social justice.


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)