Instrumental Music Education: Teaching with the Musical and Practical in Harmony, Third Edition, is intended for college instrumental music education majors studying to be band and orchestra directors at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. This textbook presents a research-based look at the topics vital to running a successful instrumental music program, while balancing musical, theoretical, and practical approaches. A central theme is the compelling parallel between language and music, including "sound-to-symbol" pedagogies. Understanding this connection improves the teaching of melody, rhythm, composition, and improvisation.

** Companion Website Coming Soon! **

The companion website contains over 120 pedagogy videos for wind, string, and percussion instru­ments performed by professional players and teachers, over 50 rehearsal videos, rhythm flashcards, and two additional chapters: "The Rehearsal Toolkit" and ''Job Search and Interview." It also includes over 50 tracks of acoustically pure drones and demonstration exercises for use in rehearsals, sectionals, and lessons.

New to This Edition:

  • A new chapter on teaching beginning band using sound-to-symbol pedagogies
  • Expanded coverage for strings and orchestra, including a new chapter on teaching beginning strings
  • A new chapter on conducting technique
  • Expanded material on teaching students with disabilities
  • Concert etiquette and the concert experience
  • Expanded coverage on the science of learning, including the Dunning-Kruger effect and the effective use of repetition in rehearsal
  • Techniques for improving students’ practice habits

UNIT 1: THE PROCESS OF TEACHING INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC / Chapter 1: An Introduction to Sound-to-Symbol / Chapter 2: Teaching Rhythm and Rhythm Reading: Audiation, Pulse, Pattern, and Meter / Chapter 3: Tonality, Melody, and Singing / Chapter 4: Teaching Improvisation and Composition / Chapter 5: The History of Instrumental Music Education and Its Philosophy: A Brief Introduction / Chapter 6: Special Topics: Constructivism, Concept Attainment, and Direct Instruction / UNIT 2: DIRECTING BANDS AND ORCHESTRAS / Chapter 7: Classroom Management / Chapter 8: Curriculum, Assessment, and Grading / Chapter 9: Repertoire / Chapter 10: Score Study / Chapter 11: On Conducting Technique / Chapter 12: Large Ensemble Set-Up / Chapter 13: Rehearsals / Chapter 14: Special Topics: Inclusion—Instrumental Music for Students with Special Needs / Chapter 15: Intonation / Chapter 16: Directing Other Ensembles / Chapter 17: Recruiting, Organizing, and Starting the Band and Orchestra / Chapter 18: Sound-to-Symbol in the Beginning Instrumental Classroom / Chapter 19: String Pedagogy for Non-String Players /  UNIT 3: ADMINISTRATIVE ISSUES / Chapter 20: Planning and Managing a Concert/Concert Etiquette / Chapter 21: Fundraising, Promotion, and Advocacy / Chapter 22: Communication / Chapter 23: The Music Budget / Chapter 24: Copyrights / Chapter 25: Managing Sound Levels: Protecting Your Ears and Those of Your Students / Chapter 26: Special Topics: Leadership, Mentors, and Professional Development / Chapter 27: The Job Search and Interview / Appendix: The Rehearsal Toolkit