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Play it from the Heart: What You Learn From Music About Success In Life Hardcover – June 24, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 130 pages
  • Publisher: R&L Education (June 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1610483693
  • ISBN-13: 978-1610483698
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,471,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Play it from the Heart captures the true spirit of the gift of music. It is something that every administrator, school board member and parent should read and a book that every teacher of music will love. This is a book that needed to be written, and Steven Moore does it with humor, compassion, and a keen insight into the world of music and music-making. (Paula A. Crider, president, The American Bandmasters Association)

The emotional energy infused into any performance becomes the life blood of true music making. This book is a must read for not only young educators but even we stayed veterans who must never forget this important aspect of musical fulfillment. There is no substitute for diligence, desire and heartfelt passion for producing outstanding achievement. This publication contains helpful and practical commentary on the impact that Play it from the Heart can bring to students and teachers alike. (Ray E. Cramer, professor emeritus, Indiana University)

J. Steven Moore's Play It from the Heart looks at how students learn and grow through participating in music programs...His new book discusses what he and his students have learned about excellence, leadership, responsibility, cooperation, and passion from being in the band. The book uses stories and concepts from music education as models for success. (Teaching Music)

Play it from the Heart is inspiring, encouraging, and rich in the author’s personal growth and discoveries. (American Music Teacher)

Steven Moore's book Play it from the Heart is a must read for every band director. It is a journey through life experiences as a musician and band director. 'Enlightening,' 'sensitive,' and 'inspiring' best describe this important contribution to our profession. I truly enjoyed the beautiful journey that Steve has documented...Read it!! (Edward S. Lisk, clinician, conductor, author)

Play it from the Heart is a significant resource for music educators and music majors because it is a unique approach to the thought processes about the importance of music in everyone's lives—whether they teach it, perform it, or simply love it. It intensifies the intrinsic passion for the desire to make a difference in the lives of our students and makes us reflect upon the rewards that will follow. (Gary E. Smith, president, Smith Walbridge Clinics)

Steven Moore's Play It from the Heart rang so many bells for me. It's stories brought to mind many students and experiences from my career, all while bringing real lessons on how to live, teach, and be successful. A very engaging book, it will certainly be of great value for music teachers, but it does not stop there. Play It from the Heart reaches out with heartfelt messages to everyone concerned with excellence, success, leadership, and teamwork. The power of the experience of playing in a band (especially a great one), has long been known those those who have experienced it. Now, folks without that great experience have a chance to see the power of ensemble performance and to see how the dynamic lessons learned there can be applied to other areas of work and life. (Greg Bimm, director of bands, Marian Catholic High School, Illinois)

An amazing look at how we all learn and grow as human beings through the wonderful life experience of participating in music—particularly bands. This book—by a master educator, musician, conductor and mentor—is a must read for those who love people and aspire to give more of themselves to others through music. (James Curnow, composer, conductor, and music educator)

About the Author

J. Steven Moore is a music educator who has developed nationally recognized programs of excellence at the secondary and collegiate level. He is chair of the Department of Music at the University of Central Missouri and has served as a music conductor at Colorado State University, University of Kentucky, Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras, and Lafayette H.S. in Lexington, Kentucky.

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J. Steven Moore is Chairman of the Department of Music at the University of Central Missouri where he teaches conducting, music education, and conducts the Symphonic Band. He has served as Director of Bands at Colorado State University (2000-2010), Lafayette High School and Jessie Clark Middle School in Lexington, Kentucky (1986-1996), Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Kentucky (1982-1986). Additionally he has served as the Director of Orchestras at UK (1999), Conductor for the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras (1996-2000), and Conductor for the CSU Symphony Orchestra in a performance at the CMEA convention. Dr. Moore is a member of the American Bandmasters Association. The Lafayette Band performed at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, received the Sudler Shield, the Macy's Parade, and 6 State Marching Band Championships. The Department of Education in 1993 selected him as the Kentucky High School Teacher of the Year. Dr. Moore has a B.M.E. from the University of South Carolina and M.M. and D.M.A. in instrumental conducting from the University of Kentucky.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 16, 2011
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It is not too often that I take the time to recommend a book . MENC recently released a new book by J. Steven Moore entitled Play It From The Heart and I strongly urge you to get your hands on a copy.

The best way to describe this book is by comparison. It is similar to the many books that have been written by sports coaches about life lessons learned from being on a sports team. Instead, this book deals with the many valuable lessons we and our students have all learned from the unique experience of being in and contributing to a band. Moore has recounted numerous experiences and events from his time as a high school and university band director. So much of what is in this book will be familiar to you but it is just so great that someone has taken the time to put it in print. A book of this type is long overdue.

The other thing that makes this book valuable and a good read is that Steven Moore is the real deal. Nothing bothers me more that some self-appointed expert who has never produced a successful ensemble, preaching about how we should approach our profession. Unfortunately, we have plenty of those types in our ranks. I've met and worked with Steven and know of his successes at both the university and high school levels. There is real credibility to what he has to say. Moore addresses the aspects of achieving musical excellence while sharing the important life lessons learned along the way. This is an honest account that is both inspiring and highly informative. It should be in the library of every music educator.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Pearce on August 21, 2011
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A wonderfully written and vitally important book that illustrates the importance of arts education within individual lives and within society. Moore relates several instances in which former students credit their formative, "marching band years" as integral to their extraordinary successes in the military, marketing, education and other professional endeavors; and Moore provides a glimpse as to how this comes about.

The first few chapters of Play It From the Heart are valuable perspective for leaders and perspective leaders of any endeavor. They focus upon motivation, goal-setting, team-building, visioning and the quest for excellence. And what successful endeavor doesn't rely on serious helpings of each?

There is humor and emotion here. It's a fun read. I don't believe I have ever read a book in which the author was so candid. Several times Moore credits others with actions that he, himself, wouldn't have had the creativity or confidence to have employed; but in sharing his own experiences of learning and growth, he illustrates how music training changes people in such productive and profound ways.

The only reason I gave this book a 4 instead of a 5 is that there were a couple of sidebars that seemed ill-placed - at least they interrupted flow of my reading; and the first three chapters seemed to be 100-percent appropriate for non-musicians wanting to know more about goal-setting and group coherence while the last few chapters tended to be a bit more music-centric. But don't let that stop you from getting this book. Quite likely you'll want to get an extra copy or two to share with friends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harry Clarke on August 21, 2011
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Steve Moore's book "Play it from the Heart" is a perfect companion to those of us in the music education business who are trying to provide meaningful musical opportunities for our students. Far beyond the product of the traditional college education, Steve reminds us that one of the foundations of providing young people with exceptional experiences in music is often how we relate to each other. Eventually, this factor becomes one of the truly unique and unparalleled benefits of the participation in school music ensembles. I wish all my music ed students would read this "Heart"felt book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Music Teachers Rock! on July 30, 2011
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This book is an easy, excellent, and inspirational read for anyone that has ever been involved in an instrumental ensemble in any way. If you have been in a school band, or been the parent of a student in a school band or musical organization, you will enjoy and relate to the stories that describe the hard work, life lessons,teamwork, and beautiful rewards that are the products of being in such an organization. If you are a new or experienced music teacher, this is a must-read. This book will have you both laughing and crying as you read stories that tickle your funny bone and touch your heart. Get this book, and then share it with your friends!
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By MarkD on February 17, 2014
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Excellent read, full of interesting personal stories and life lessons that's helpful not only to band directors but also to business people.
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