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The Teaching of Instrumental Music (2nd Edition) Hardcover – August 1, 1991

ISBN-13: 978-0138926885 ISBN-10: 0138926883 Edition: 2 Sub

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 2 Sub edition (August 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0138926883
  • ISBN-13: 978-0138926885
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,994,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This volume focuses on the essential competencies required for teacher certification in instrumental music.

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The first half of this book focuses on the critical issues in teaching instrumental music; objectives, evaluation, rehearsal techniques, motivation, administration tasks, recruiting and scheduling, and principles of brass and woodwinds. The second section covers each instrument in detail.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Bell on September 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
This 450-page book is a music education textbook which covers the basics of teaching instrumental music for would-be or present teachers. It has become known as an essential "core text" for teachers of instrumental music.

The first three chapters of the book discuss general background: Chapter 1 gives a short history of instrumental music, while Chapters 2 & 3 deal with the objectives and evaluation of music. This material is O.K., but wasn't especially useful for me.

The largest section of the text devotes a whole chapter to each of the instruments commonly played in a student band and orchestra. I found this detailed information to be very helpful. The middle section also includes separate chapters on the "Principles of . . . Winds, Brass, Strings, Percussion, etc.," which introduce the chapters about specific instruments in each of these categories.

The most "down-to-earth," practical chapters are Chapters 4 & 5, which discuss how to motivate students and how to work effectively with administrators, and Chapters 24 & 25 at the end of the book about rehearsal routines and how to rehearse concert literature. I read these chapters first because they seem the most essential for a new instrumental music teacher.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By OrliaAnn on March 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is full of information, from teaching methods to information on each instrument and instrument family commonly used in school music programs. It has just about all you need to know about each instrument to teach beginning students, and is a great resource for aspiring and current instrumental music teachers, especially at the secondary level (Jr. High/High School). If you're looking for books containing actual music, look elsewhere, but if you want information on the instruments and on teaching music, this is one of the best comprehensive resources.
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By Performance Emulation on July 23, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I purchased this book as part of a review for the cset exam. It is clear, easy to read and best of all succinct (at least compared to some other texts). This is a must have for any instrumental teacher and also a great place for new teachers to start.
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By Music10 on November 3, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Lots of useful information to help me add to my knowledge of instruments I know about and those I don't know as much about.
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