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Reading Robert Duke's newly published collection of essays is like witnessing a lecture by this influential music educator: energetic, thought-provoking, incisive and down-to-earth.... [T]eachers will benefit immediately from his applications to the studio and classroom of the "expansive, rich body of data that illuminates the processes of knowledge acquisition and skill development." Duke's educational beliefs and prejudices are well-supported throughout the collection. He believes a music lesson can, and should, be as carefully planned as a military maneuver with goals clearly identified, strategy precisely outlined and tactics minutely executed. He then proceeds to describe those goals, strategies and tactics in as distinct and disciplined a manner as he would expect of any teacher under his guidance. As the supervisor of a piano class program for many years, I found myself nodding my head in agreement throughout the book. His essays on "Sequencing Instruction" and "Transfer" alone make this book essential reading for my graduate assistants and pedagogy classes. But to enjoy the essays like individual dishes on a buffet obscures what I believe is the book's fundamental ritornello: remember that what you're teaching is not necessarily what the student is learning.... At times Duke's reach exceeds his grasp, but there is so much complex and vital information that he clearly does grasp, that musician-teachers of every type will find this book a "must-read." --American Music Teacher Magazine

We often hear the statement, "Teaching is an art," and I agree that it is, but often the statement is a cop-out for one's inability to identify the components of artful teaching that make for effective learning. If you want to know what those components are and begin to improve your teaching effectiveness and your students progress immediately, then Intelligent Music Teaching...is the place to begin.... Bob Duke has identified the components of effective music teaching in a way that is understandable, thought-provoking, research-based and useful in a variety of music teaching settings. --American Suzuki Journal

About the Author

Robert Duke is the Marlene and Morton Meyerson Centennial Professor in Music and Human Learning, University Distinguished Teaching Professor, and Director of the Center for Music Learning at The University of Texas at Austin.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Learning and Behavior Resources (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977113906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977113903
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Klondike Steadman on August 27, 2005
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Dr. Duke's ability to cover the most important issues of music instruction on a very deep level in straight forward and clear language is truly impressive. His insights are supported by solid scientific research as well as reference to personal experience. The principles put forward in this book changed forever my view of what great teaching is and can be, and have, without doubt, made me a more effective teacher. As the director of the Orpheus Academy of Music I have made this book required reading for every isntructor at our school and their responses have been unanimously enthusiastic. A "must read" for any current or prospective music teacher.
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We've been using this book in one of my music education classes. After reading it, writing countless essays about it, and discussing it for months, I've noticed that this book can be applied to almost any field. It covers issues that consume our American education system. Duke's way of explaining things in a way that anyone can understand helps make this book not only an easy ready, but extremely informative to just about anyone that is interested. His chapter on Assessment is one of the most forward essays I've read, and someone who has as much experience as this man does definitely has a place to say something on the issue. This book is not just for teaching music, it's about teaching intelligently in general. I'd recommend it to anyone who is a teacher, wants to be a teacher, or wants to understand teaching in a way that the state and lawmakers never seem to see. An excellent, intelligent read, I definitely feel as though my philosophies and theories on teaching have been effected and revised.
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Insight, Wisdom, Practical Direction and Guidance...

By halfway through this book, I was a better music teacher.

Dr. Duke is the teacher I've always wanted, to help me become the teacher I've always wanted.

And it's just a book!! Well, it's not JUST a book. Apply the teachings, and you will see.

Truly transformative for the aspiring teacher. (at least it has been for me) : )
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I have used this book for a music education graduate seminar and this fall I will be using it with student teachers. The students have found it to be thought-provoking, and the readings have led to meaningful class discussions. The essays can be helpful for new teachers, or veterans of the music classroom at all levels. Duke presents principles of teaching and learning with applications in many settings. I will continue to use this book for the preparation of music teachers.
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Bob Duke has a gift of presenting complex research materials into easy to understand and thought provoking presentations. Each essay makes one think about how the teacher might present, so the learner actually learns. I was challenged to reevaluate my teaching and how I can better involve my students in the learning process. I wish I knew about this book several years ago!
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This is a terrific book - very accessible, makes you step back and reevaluate what you are doing as a teacher, opens you to broader goals. Robert Duke gets right to the core of what we need to do as educators.
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Brilliant and insightful teaching techniques and approaches. Exams plainly and broadly some of the basic, but important, psychology behind effective teaching. As you read through it, you'll realize how simple and straightforward the concepts are and wonder why you weren't already doing it yourself. Particularly enlightening are the sections emphasizing the use of proper feedback (positive and negative) to students and the structuring of a logical sequence to a lesson plan.

Highly, highly recommended. This literally changed my life as a teacher and the way I approached classroom lectures and rehearsal situations, from middle school to the college level.
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I use this with a college instrumental methods course I instruct. Some great stuff and my students are constantly telling me they love the book and that's it's been super helpful and gets them to think in different directions than the norm.
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