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Urban Music Education: A Practical Guide for Teachers (Paperback)
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Urban Music Education: A Practical Guide for Teachers (Paperback)

Paperback 160 Pages / Published: 21/05/2015
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The prevailing discourse surrounding urban music education suggests the deficit-laden notion that urban school settings are "less than," rather than "different than," their counterparts. Through the lens of contextually-specific teaching, this book provides a counternarrative on urban music education that encourages urban music teachers to focus on the strengths of their students as their primary resource. Through a combination of research-based strategies and practical suggestions from the author's own experience teaching music in urban settings, the book highlights important issues for teachers to consider, such as culturally relevant pedagogy, the "opportunity gap," race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, musical content, curricular change, music program development, student motivation, and strategies for finding inspiration and support. Throughout the book, the stories of 5 highly successful urban music teachers are highlighted, providing practical, real-world advice for music teachers across the domains of general, choral, band, and string music teaching. Recognizing that the term "urban" can encompass a wide variety of different school and community settings, this book challenges all teachers who work in under-served and under-resourced settings to take a critical look at their own music classroom and work to tailor their pedagogy to meet the particular needs of their students.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780199778577
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 246 g
Dimensions: 234 x 155 x 11 mm

...lucid, well-informed, generous, and grounded firmly in experience. The satisfactions and challenges of teaching music in urban settings are represented genuinely through her voice, and illustrated further through the voices of five music teachers whose experiences yield rich insights. Individuals who teach in urban settings, music teacher educators, and all those interested in social justice will find openings and possibilities for enriching students' lives and school communities through music in these pages. * Janet R. Barrett, Marilyn Pflederer Zimmerman Scholar and Professor of Music Education, University of Illinois *
Fitzpatrick-Harish masterfully weaves personal narratives of urban music educators, with relevant research, and insightful ideas for teachers. In so doing, she offers a much-needed counter-narrative of students and teaching in urban schools that provokes, guides, and inspires. * Carlos R. Abril, Associate Professor of Music Education, University of Miami *
...[A] real and helpful guidance for teaching music in urban schools. Her insights are so valuable because they reflect a genuine respect for students and their families. Her experience teaching urban kids is evident in her commitment to bringing out their best. As a teacher, researcher, and teacher educator with a career-long focus on urban education, Kate's perspective on this vital topic comes out in well-written vignettes and crisp prose. It's an instructive, enjoyable read. * Tim Gerber, Professor of Music, The Ohio State University *
This inspiring, practical volume is a must for those who teach music education. * V. S. Xenakis, CHOICE *

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