Required Reading for Music Educators
If you’re a music teacher wondering what might be missing from your instruction, there are so many resources to turn to. You can gain expert insight into some of the best learning theories and strategies by enrolling in a music school online, but you can also start your studies right now by picking up a few of these great reads. Some are quick reads: essays and articles from professional journals. Others are more in depth about a certain music education subject. But all of them offer a worthwhile perspective on music education that could help you broaden your skills and open your mind to new ideas in the classroom.
For those who are looking for a go-to text for short readings to help with their instruction, pick up Intelligent Music Teachings, a series of essays by influential music teacher Robert Duke. Then there’s Seeking the Significance of Music Education is the perfect text for those who don’t have time to keep up with the music journals. It gathers the best essays and articles over the last 50 years, collecting only the best resources to save you the time and effort of finding them yourself. There are also current resources that introduce innovative concepts to music education, like Estelle Jorgensen’s Transforming Music Education approaches the conflict between the popular music young learners listen to in the world and how it slows and sometimes even halts some of the aesthetic pleasures of studying and appreciating music.
These aren’t texts that you would normally find on the reading list for online music schools, though, so if you’re looking to truly delve into serious academic study, you might want to consider enrolling in a graduate degree program. Both are valid ways of renewing your perspective on teaching music education to change up the way you lead your classroom for the better.