6th Edition

The Teaching of Instrumental Music

    512 Pages 316 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    512 Pages 316 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Teaching of Instrumental Music, Sixth Edition introduces music education majors to basic instrumental pedagogy for the instruments and ensembles commonly found in the elementary and secondary curricula. It focuses on the core competencies required for teacher certification in instrumental music, with the pervasive philosophy to assist teachers as they develop an instrumental music program based on understanding and respecting all types of music.

    Parts I and II focus on essential issues for a successful instrumental program, presenting first the history and foundations, followed by effective strategies in administrative tasks and classroom teaching. Parts III, IV, and V are devoted to the skills and techniques of woodwind, brass and percussion, and string instruments. In all, The Teaching of Instrumental Music is the complete reference for the beginning instrumental teacher, commonly retained in a student’s professional library for its unique and comprehensive coverage.

    This Sixth Edition includes:

    -Streamlined language and improved layout throughout, making this edition more concise and accessible to students

    -Updated content throughout, including insights from current research for curriculum development, coverage of current law and policy changes that impact the classroom, contemporary motivational strategies, more information on the history of African-American and all-female music ensembles.

    -Updated references, photos, lists of artists, and online resources.

    Part I – The Foundations

    1.         History of Instrumental Music

    2.         Teaching and the Role of Motivation

    3.         Objectives, Standards, and Curriculum Development

    4.         Assessment

    5.         Administering and Organizing the Program

    6.         Recruiting

    7.         Scheduling

    8.         Special Populations and Instrumental Music

    9.         The Physiology of Instrumental Music Performance


    Part II – The Ensembles and Classroom Teaching

    10.       Planning for and Rehearsing Instrumental Ensembles

    11.       Planning for and Teaching Beginning Instrumental Students

    12.       The Marching Band

    13.       The Jazz Ensemble

    14.       The Guitar and Classroom Teaching


    Part III– The Woodwind Instruments

    15.       Winds Principles

    16.       The Flute

    17.       The Oboe

    18.       The Clarinet

    19.       The Saxophone

    20.       The Bassoon


    Part IV – The Brass and Percussion Instruments

    21.       Brass Principles

    22.       The Trumpet and Cornet

    23.       The Horn

    24.       The Trombone

    25.       The Tuba and Euphonium

    26.       Percussion Instruments


    Part V – The String Instruments

    27.       Strings Principles

    28.       The Violin

    29.       The Viola

    30.       The Cello

    31.       The Double Bass


    Richard J. Colwell is in the Music Educators Hall of Fame and received special citations from the International Society for Music Education, Illinois Music Educators Association, and National Federation of Music Clubs. He founded the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education and the Quarterly Journal of Music Teaching and Learning.

    Michael P. Hewitt is Professor of Music Education at the University of Maryland, and founder and director of the University of Maryland Summer Youth Music Camp. He served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Research in Music Education and the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, and was elected to the Editorial Committee of the Society for Research in Music Education.