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Intelligent Music Teaching: Essays on the Core Principles of Effective Instruction Paperback – March 1, 2009
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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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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.
This is an indispensable text for teachers of music.
Intelligently written and dripping with warmth and experience.
Short and compact, and packed with sensible advice and observations, this book rejuvenates my teaching every time I re-open it even for a few pages.