Cello There: The Funny Side of Music Education

Music Education has a whimsical side to it. Music teachers and student musicians get to see the funny in class and rehearsals. Cello There takes all of this and puts it in one place where we can see a new set of Music Education Funnies every weekday by Gregory Pavliv and MusicTeachingGuru.com

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So You Want to Study Music? 5 Books for Your Journey

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So You Want to Study Music? 5 Books for Your Journey

As music teachers, we inspire. Often that leads to aspiring young teachers in our programs wanting to become music educators. But why study music? It’s a huge decision, as you know, and there are countless pro’s and con’s to doing what we love to do with our lives. And while we can share our infinite wisdom (cough-cough), sometimes it’s better to let students read on the journey ahead of them on their own. Here are five to choose from:

5: THE MUSIC TEACHERS FIRST YEAR: TALES OF CHALLENGE JOY AND TRIUMPHThis pragmatic book if chock full of tales from first year music teachers with wonderfully useful advice from those who have experienced standing in front of a class for the very first time. It gives insight to the fears, frustrations and the fun of that first year. A practical book for music school students and public school administrators.

4: Music Education: Navigating the Future (Routledge Studies in Music Education)Education involving music is a multifaceted and ever-altering challenge. As new media, technologies, and pedagogies are developed, academics and practitioners must make sure that they are aware of current trends and where they might lead. This book features studies on the future of music education from emerging scholars in the field. These studies are then supplemented by commentaries from established leaders of the music education community. 

3: Music Career Advising: A Guide for Students, Parents, and TeachersWhile career decisions can be challenging for anyone, they seem more difficult for students who are considering careers in music. Although there are many viable music career options, there is considerable uncertainty regarding the types of jobs available, and the skills and other traits that help student musicians determine if they will be a good fit in their chosen careers.

2: So You Want to Be a Music Major: A Guide for High School Students, Their Guidance Counselors, Parents and Music TeachersThis book details the fundamental knowledge, skills, and attitudes that prospective music majors need in order to make a successful transition from high school to college. Specific exercises are offered, along with supporting online resources. It also suggests steps that parents, high school guidance counselors, and music teachers can take to identify, encourage, and guide future musicians and music educators.

1: My Many Hats: Juggling the Diverse Demands of a Music TeacherMusic educators often charge into their early classroom experiences with an excitement and passion not always seen in other disciplines. And while they may have a plan (or two or three) for the rehearsal itself, many find themselves caught off guard by the periphery demands of their position. Written with a warm brand of humor, wit and real-world savvy by Dr. Richard Weymuth, Professor Emeritus, Northwest Missouri State University and seasoned veteran of the music classroom, this creative approach to the many non-musical responsibilities of a music educator -- fundraising, selling yourself and your program, working with the administration, to name but three -- will raise your awareness of these areas while offering practical advice to navigate any unexpected challenges.


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