Growing Musicians: Teaching Music in Middle School and Beyond

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This book focuses on working with adolescents within the context of a music classroom, regardless of content area (orchestra, band, choir, or general music). It provides a look at the importance of music courses in the lives of adolescents as they navigate the path from childhood to adulthood. As every music student is completely unique, there is no one-size-fits-all prescriptive way of working with this age group. Rather, music educators must approach adolescents with high musical standards and aspirations to learn and achieve within music; a willingness to honor the individuality of each adolescent musician; a sense of structure, but an ability to be flexible; a desire to foster and promote a safe classroom environment where students feel empowered to be themselves and speak openly about what they think and believe; an understanding that music classes can be safe places where students learn how to become not only better musicians but also better people through musical experiences focused on humanity and empathy; and a dose of humor, or at least the ability to acknowledge that adolescents are extremely funny whether or not they realize it. In addition, this book allows music teachers opportunities to consider their own teaching practices and personal and professional stories that contribute to how they perceive and teach adolescent music students.
Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages206
ISBN (Print)9780199372065
StatePublished - 2016


  • empowering adolescents
  • general music
  • orchestra
  • choir
  • band
  • humor
  • empathy
  • classroom environment
  • reflective teaching practice
  • safe place


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