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Information about Instrumental Teaching
Suitable for instrumental and vocal teachers, wherever they teach
Encourages teachers to reflect on and improve their work
Draws on research and examples drawn from current practice
Stimulating, challenging, and engaging
Focuses on learning by young people, but is relevant to students at any age or level
Centres on the teaching of classical instruments, but ranges more freely
What are instrumental lessons for? And why do so many students want to 'give up' when they have only just begun? These are just some of the questions examined in this thought-provoking and entertaining book, which draws on research and on the author's wealth of experience to encourage teachers to build upon the strengths of current practice. Instrumental Teaching is for both those who have been teaching for many years and those who are starting out. It focuses on learning by young people but also ranges more widely, and it relates to all teachers, wherever they teach. Janet Mills asks probing questions such as 'why teach?' - and 'why learn?' - and provides practical advice on subjects including 'the first lesson'. She addresses the thorny issue of practice, and explores myths such as the notion that some instruments require particular physical or personal attributes. This book will challenge and inspire anyone who is, or is thinking of becoming, an instrumental teacher.
Why teach an instrument?
Why take instrumental lessons?
Instrumental lessons, music, and life
The first lesson
Planning a programme of lessons
Practice makes perfect?
Some myths of instrumental learning and teaching
So, why teach an instrument?
Appendix 1 - Nuts and bolts: frequently asked questions
Appendix 2 - How not to teach musically
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