Instrumental Teachers and Their Students: Who's in the Driver's Seat?

Nick Beach

in The Oxford Handbook of Music Education, Volume 2

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199928019
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Music

 Instrumental Teachers and Their Students: Who's in the Driver's Seat?

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Teachers of musical instruments have historically focused on ensuring that their students develop a secure technical foundation. They often discourage students from playing certain pieces until they are “ready” and take a linear approach, where each stage of technical development must be perfected before the next stage can be reached. But children live in the present and want those musical rewards now. As a result, they turn to resources available on the internet or ask for help from other people who can meet their musical needs. This article discusses the implications for music teachers.

Keywords: music teaching; instrumental learning; musical instruments; music teachers

Article.  1448 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Music Education and Pedagogy

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