The Teacher

Andreas C. Lehmann, John A. Sloboda and Robert H. Woody

in Psychology for Musicians

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780195146103
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199851164 | DOI:
The Teacher

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This chapter discusses the second musical role—that of the teacher. A study of the factors affecting teaching methods, behaviors, and qualities is vital, since a musician's life is shaped by his mentors and since he may himself assume the same role later on in his career. Several conclusions are revealed by research on the subject. First, a musician's learning process is affected by the type of relationship he has with his teacher. Second, students rely heavily on their mentors for quality musical models and performance feedback. Third, the strategies and behaviors of effective teachers are enumerated. An example is the clear communication of concrete music properties through imagery and metaphors. Fourth, musical achievement is tied to the completion of the instruction cycle which involves the presentation of a task, the student's application of the instruction, and feedback. Lastly, good teaching is learned through experience and proper training.

Keywords: teacher; musician; performance feedback; instruction cycle; student

Chapter.  7660 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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