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The Art of Teaching Music | [Estelle R. Jorgensen]

The Art of Teaching Music

The Art of Teaching Music takes up important aspects of the art of music teaching ranging from organization to serving as conductor to dealing with the disconnect between the ideal of university teaching and the reality in the classroom. Writing for both established teachers and instructors on the rise, Estelle R. Jorgensen opens a conversation about the life and work of the music teacher.
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The Art of Teaching Music takes up important aspects of the art of music teaching ranging from organization to serving as conductor to dealing with the disconnect between the ideal of university teaching and the reality in the classroom. Writing for both established teachers and instructors on the rise, Estelle R. Jorgensen opens a conversation about the life and work of the music teacher.

The author regards music teaching as interrelated with the rest of lived life, and her themes encompass pedagogical skills as well as matters of character, disposition, value, personality, and musicality. She reflects on musicianship and practical aspects of teaching while drawing on a broad base of theory, research, and personal experience. Although grounded in the practical realities of music teaching, Jorgensen urges music teachers to think and act artfully, imaginatively, hopefully, and courageously toward creating a better world.

©2008 Estelle R. Jorgensen (P)2011 Redwood Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"The beauty of this book lies in its embrace and discourse of the ways in which people become music educators, develop their craft over the course of their lives, and influence those around them." (Music Educators Journal)

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    denisedesouza123 Maudewqania, Aruba 02-24-11
    denisedesouza123 Maudewqania, Aruba 02-24-11
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    "Estelle R. Jorgensen is fantastic!"

    Nice book, nice reading.
    There is one moment when Estelle says,
    "My objective in this book is not to define music education, for I have
    tackled this task in an earlier book, In Search of Music Education. Nor is it
    to examine the changes that are needed in music education, because I have
    begun to do this in my book Transforming Music Education."
    I would love to listen to both books as well!!
    Really liked when she puts: "Regrettably, in the pervasive search for propositional knowledge in
    education, the objective is too often what Paulo Freire aptly calls “banking
    education,” in which the teacher’s purpose is to deposit knowledge in students’ heads so that they acquire a certain stock of knowledge. She continues, "Freire’s liberatory education
    stands in stark contrast to “banking education” in its call for “conscientization,”
    or developing a felt critical response to one’s own and another’s
    predicament and the commitment, disposition, and courage to act against
    oppression."

    I was so happy to listen to this. I've stopped the CD, and listen over and over to write it down here for you. Because I think Paulo Freire is the greatest philosopher of Education, and it is recognized by the people really concerning education, like Estelle R. Jorgensen does.
    - But as any work of art, it is incomplete -
    I just think that she should mentioned as well Freire's "Pedagogy of Freedom", where the big gap of this book is reminded: The teacher is always a student. Maybe in the next edition she could put an additional chapter called: "Student"? As Salvador Dali, who used to go to museums to paint on his own paintings, Estelle R. Jorgensen probably will need to revisited this book many times...
    As I will do as well
    - Keep Teaching means Keep Studying -
    Thank you, Estelle R. Jorgensen

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    mamama1 ergerger, Aruba 05-09-11
    mamama1 ergerger, Aruba 05-09-11
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    "we need more academic books"

    it is a point of view this book - egocentric, true - but we need more academic books around - that's why five stars -

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    Guy Benson, NC, United States 03-06-11
    Guy Benson, NC, United States 03-06-11 Member Since 2010
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    "ZZZZZZZZ!!!!!"

    As a music educator I bought this book hoping to be inspired or gain some new insight. This book is very clinical. The author enjoys stringing together long words and hearing them read back. There is little here that will be useful if you are able to listen past the the first hour. It may be good to try using this book if you are an insomniac who is not responding to therapy.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Tempe, AZ, USA 06-28-12
    Steven Tempe, AZ, USA 06-28-12 Member Since 2008
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    "I want my money back"
    What disappointed you about The Art of Teaching Music?

    This is by far the worst book I have ever downloaded. This book is nothing but meaningless blather. I was hoping to learn something, and I kept waiting for the book to get better. It got worse. Here's a tip for the author: have a point!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    This book had no redeeming qualities.


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