A&HM 4033 Approaches to teaching musical instruments
(Pedagogy) This course will examine teaching and learning in the context of instrumental music. It will serve as an overview of theoretical and philosophical constructs of instrumental music pedagogy. The resulting practices inform our knowledge of teaching through the process of learning instruments in a small group setting. Focus will be on the years students typically begin the learning of wind, brass, and percussion instruments in schools, around the age of 10, through intermediate and advanced levels in middle and high school. Fundamental to our approach will be the development of lesson planning that puts the student at the center of her learning experiences. Not content with the traditional master/apprentice model, we will seek opportunities to improvise and create, allowing students even in the early stages to assume some degree of control over how they make music and what they choose to play. Questioning techniques in the instrumental lesson setting will encourage reflection on action that results in a broadening, not just of skills, but of the kind of reflective thought that is at the heart of educative experiences. Activities and projects in class will center around developing appropriately sequenced lesson plans, understanding the unique characteristics of instruments of various families, and put all class members in the dual role of teacher and student.