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A Field Guide to Student Teaching in Music



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Student teaching in the music classroom is a unique experience that incorporates issues beyond those encountered in general education classroom settings. Music educators plan for singing, movement, performances, rehearsals, score preparation, intensive parent involvement, budgets, uniforms, community outreach, and the list can and does go on. While general education texts may offer students advice on effective teaching strategies and classroom management, it is highly unlikely that these strategies will be fully applicable to the uniqueness of the music classroom.

Table of Contents

List of Worksheetsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
To the Studentp. ix
Textbook Structurep. x
To the University Supervisor or Instructorp. x
Introductionp. 1
Preparing for Your First Day and Communication with Your Cooperating Teacherp. 2
Cooperating Teachers and the University Supervisorp. 3
Adjusting to New Environmentsp. 8
Professional Responsibilitiesp. 9
Observationp. 10
Why Observe?p. 11
Meaningful Observationp. 12
Approaches to Observationp. 23
Reflecting on Your Observationsp. 40
Curriculum and Lesson Planningp. 44
Philosophy of Music Teachingp. 45
To Plan or not to Plan: That is the Questionp. 49
Planning with (and without) Your Cooperating Teacherp. 50
Teaching without a Planp. 53
Long-Term Planningp. 54
Assessment and Gradingp. 54
Effective Teaching and Rehearsal Techniquesp. 57
Gaining and Maintaining Attention and Interestp. 60
Personal Musicianshipp. 63
Monitoring Student Progress and Providing Feedbackp. 63
Pacing and Time Managementp. 64
Creating a Positive Learning Environmentp. 66
Organizing the Music Classroomp. 67
Building Positive Relationshipsp. 71
Knowing your Studentsp. 74
Creating a Management Planp. 76
Dangerous Behaviorsp. 79
When an Incident Occursp. 81
Program Organizationp. 82
Introductionp. 82
Seeking Employmentp. 100
Professionalismp. 101
Résumésp. 102
Professional Portfoliop. 105
Finding Employment Opportunitiesp. 106
Selecting Referencesp. 109
Applications and Supporting Materialsp. 109
Interviewsp. 111
Ethics, Professionalism, and Legal Issuesp. 115
Personal Ethicsp. 116
Ethical Decision-Makingp. 117
Professional Responsibilitiesp. 118
Continued Professional Growthp. 126
Building Local Relationshipsp. 127
Building Professional Relationshipsp. 129
Maintaining Certification or Licensurep. 129
Beginning your Teaching Careerp. 132
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