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Intelligent Music Teaching: Essays on the Core Principles of Effective Instruction Paperback – March 1, 2009
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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
- Publisher : Learning and Behavior Resources (March 1, 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 176 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0977113906
- ISBN-13 : 978-0977113903
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #260,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reasons are given for how and why to set up lessons for the students' success. Repeating what they can do correctly is key for reinforcement of knowledge. A good teacher can control a student’s success experience. It is of utmost importance to know when to impart new information. It may or may not be somewhat intuitive for teachers.
Bob Duke says that "positive" or "constructive" feedback is given by well-meaning people, but honest, mostly positive feedback is most important to plan. A teacher can and should control the lessons such that most of the feedback will be positive for a positive learning experience. The essay on Feedback was so interesting that telling my art class about it in a zoom meeting inspired an hour-long discussion.
When reading any non-fiction work, particularly those of an informative nature, I tend to go through and highlight salient points that jump out at me, bits of wisdom, etc, that I would like to be able to quickly find in the future for my own personal reference. With Mr. Duke's book, I do have a great deal of trouble... I struggle greatly not to highlight too much! Entire paragraphs are clear, concise, on point, and effectively distill large amounts of effective pedagogy down into short clips of texts. I can think of few educational authors so clear and quotable on such a consistent basis. Truly, every single page has a gem!
While some may see this as a criticism, to Mr. Duke's credit he keeps his text in broad stroke and mostly on the philosophy of teaching and approaches, not on the minutia - if you want minutia, there are other texts out there on the subject. Mr. Duke is concerned with the learning process, how we as educators engage with the learning process, and we can utilize this to the effect the greatest success with our students.
To this end the book is broadly generic enough that it can be applied to any and all teaching and as such I would truly recommend any educator with even a cursory knowledge of music pick this book up and delve into it with an open mind... your life will be richer for it and, if you're willing to truly examine your own practices against his standards and recommendations, you'll be a better educator as a result. As a music educator, I truly can't say enough good things about this book. Absolutely fantastic.
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.