452 Pages
    by Routledge

    452 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Teaching of Instrumental Music, Fifth 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.


    • Revision and updating of curriculum developments, such as coordinating State Department of Education student learning objectives with the recent Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
    • New discussion of the NAfME National Standards as they relate to the teaching of instrumental music
    • Revamping of rehearsing instrumental ensembles chapters, including new or expanded sections on programming, choosing quality music, and applying successful rehearsal techniques
    • Updates on references, plus new discussion questions, and websites and internet links
    • A chapter devoted to classroom guitar
    • Updates on the use of technology for teaching and learning music
    • More on healthy performance practice, marching band, and jazz band
    • Online materials located in the eResources section on the Routledge website.

    Table of Contents

    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
    10. Part II – The Ensembles and Classroom Teaching

    11. Planning for and Rehearsing Instrumental Ensembles
    12. Planning for and Teaching Beginning Instrumental Students
    13. The Marching Band
    14. The Jazz Ensemble
    15. The Guitar and Classroom Teaching

      Part III– The Woodwind Instruments

    17. Winds Principles
    18. The Flute
    19. The Oboe
    20. The Clarinet
    21. The Saxophone
    22. The Bassoon

      Part IV – The Brass and Percussion Instruments

    24. Brass Principles
    25. The Trumpet and Cornet
    26. The Horn
    27. The Trombone and Baritone/Euphonium
    28. The Tuba
    29. Percussion Instruments

      Part V – The String Instruments

    31. Strings Principles
    32. The Violin
    33. The Viola
    34. The Cello
    35. 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, a day camp that reaches over 400 middle and high school musicians each year.

    Mark Fonder is Professor Emeritus of Music Education at Ithaca College where he conducted the Concert Band and chaired their Music Education Department. He was also chair of the Editorial Board of the Music Educators Journal and has taught elementary through university level instrumental music education for over 35 years.

    "The Teaching of Instrumental Music has remained the most important textbook in my library. It is thorough, contemporary, and has relevance to instrumental music educators at any level of experience. The fifth edition of this cornerstone book reflects an evolving profession."

    —Eric Rombach-Kendall, Director of Bands, University of New Mexico

    "This MUST be the ‘go-to’ book for instrumental music education. With this edition, we see the intersection of solid music education philosophy and superb practical pedagogy, presented by three undisputed masters in the field. I offer my highest endorsement of this classic resource."

    —Stephen Peterson, Director of Bands, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    "The Teaching of Instrumental Music, Fifth Edition is a must own for every instrumental teacher, especially new teachers."

    —John R. Locke, Director of Bands, University of North Carolina at Greensboro