Making Music and Enriching Lives

Making Music and Enriching Lives : A Guide for All Music Teachers

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Making Music and Enriching Lives fills an important niche in the very large world of books about music. It's unlike any other instructional book in the way it addresses comprehensive, across-the-board issues that affect all teachers, students, and musicians. In this book, you will find specifics not only about how to teach music, but also about how to motivate and inspire students of any age. In this first volume of her Music for Life series, Bonnie Blanchard (with Cynthia Blanchard Acree) shares successful approaches with both students and teachers that have worked wonders in her own studio to produce successful students who are energized about their lessons and their music. These books touch on all aspects of music instruction from running a studio to student motivation and teaching technique to performing, while addressing not just the musician, but the whole person along the more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 175.26 x 254 x 20.32mm | 589.67g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253219175
  • 9780253219176
  • 935,144

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"Blanchard's dedication is apparent, and she holds the reader to no lesser standard. With some effort, any chapter of this book could drastically improve an aspect of your teaching." -Strings Magazine "A unique book that goes beyond instrumental instruction to show step by step what makes a good teacher with skilled, committed students. Beginning and experienced teachers will find new tricks and inspiration here, to rekindle their love of teaching and music. Bonnie's tips and stories will show how to run a studio, motivate students, deal with stage fright, teach artistry, and involve the whole family in music. This book is serious about music, but it's also fun-something that should always be part of good music instruction." -Sir James Galway "This valuable resource can provide practical suggestions for establishing a studio atmosphere. The writing is intuitive and reveals the experiences and insights of a seasoned and experienced teacher." -American Music Teachershow more

About Cynthia Blanchard Acree

Bonnie Blanchard holds music and teaching degrees from the University of Washington. She has long been respected in the Pacific Northwest as a versatile freelance musician, yet she is best known as a dynamic instructor with unique teaching techniques that create skilled musicians with a lifelong love of music. She lives in Seattle, Washington.Cynthia Blanchard Acree is co-author (with Cliff Acree) of The Gulf Between Us: Love and Terror in Desert Storm. The dual memoir was featured as a "Today's Best Nonfiction" excerpt in Reader's Digest. She lives in San Diego, more

Table of contents

ContentsAcknowledgmentsPart 1. Enriching Lives1. Transform Your Teaching Style: The Music for Life Method2. Focus on Relationships First3. Instill Pride and Respect4. Show Students Your Commitment to Excellence5. Promote a Love of Learning and Independence6. Create an Atmosphere of Achievement7. Attitude Is Everything8. Make Practice a Priority9. Increase Success with the Music for Life Notebook System10. Energize Students with Goals11. Recognize and Reward Results and Effort12. Foster Happy, Confident Students13. Host Fun Musical EventsPart 2. Making Music14. Use Practice Tricks for Fast Results15. Musicality Makes the Difference16. Multiply the Fun in Chamber Music17. Take the Fear Out of Memorization18. Help Students Become Confident Sight ReadersPart 3. Tackling Your Toughest Teaching Challenges19. In the Beginning20. Make Learning Fun (and Less Painful) for Adults21. Troubleshoot Problems and Turn around Complaints22. Prepare Students for Performance23. Conquer Stage Fright24. Ace the Audition25. When It's Time to Say Goodbye26. Ask the TeacherPart 4. Running Your Private Music Studio27. Establish Your Private Studio and Develop a Business Plan28. Get Paid What You're Worth29. A Life in the Arts: Is It for You?30. Make the Teacher's Life EasierFor Further ReadingIndexshow more

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