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The Teaching of Instrumental Music


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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Part I - The Foundations
  1. History of Instrumental Music
  2. Teaching and the Role of Motivation
  3. Objectives, Standards, and Curriculum Development
  4. Assessment
  5. Administering and Organizing the Program
  6. Recruiting
  7. Scheduling
  8. Special Populations and Instrumental Music
  9. The Physiology of Instrumental Music Performance
  10. Part II - The Ensembles and Classroom Teaching
  11. Planning for and Rehearsing Instrumental Ensembles
  12. Planning for and Teaching Beginning Instrumental Students
  13. The Marching Band
  14. The Jazz Ensemble
  15. The Guitar and Classroom Teaching
  16. Part III- The Woodwind Instruments
  17. Winds Principles
  18. The Flute
  19. The Oboe
  20. The Clarinet
  21. The Saxophone
  22. The Bassoon
  23. Part IV - The Brass and Percussion Instruments
  24. Brass Principles
  25. The Trumpet and Cornet
  26. The Horn
  27. The Trombone and Baritone/Euphonium
  28. The Tuba
  29. Percussion Instruments
  30. Part V - The String Instruments
  31. Strings Principles
  32. The Violin
  33. The Viola
  34. The Cello
  35. The Double Bass

About the Author

Richard J. Colwell is in the Music Educators Hall of Fame and received special citations from the International Society for Music Education, Illinois Music Educators Association, and National Federation of Music Clubs. He founded the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education and the Quarterly Journal of Music Teaching and Learning. Michael P. Hewitt is Professor of Music Education at the University of Maryland, and founder and director of the University of Maryland Summer Youth Music Camp, a day camp that reaches over 400 middle and high school musicians each year. Mark Fonder is Professor Emeritus of Music Education at Ithaca College where he conducted the Concert Band and chaired their Music Education Department. He was also chair of the Editorial Board of the Music Educators Journal and has taught elementary through university level instrumental music education for over 35 years.


"The Teaching of Instrumental Music has remained the most important textbook in my library. It is thorough, contemporary, and has relevance to instrumental music educators at any level of experience. The fifth edition of this cornerstone book reflects an evolving profession."

-Eric Rombach-Kendall, Director of Bands, University of New Mexico

"This MUST be the 'go-to' book for instrumental music education. With this edition, we see the intersection of solid music education philosophy and superb practical pedagogy, presented by three undisputed masters in the field. I offer my highest endorsement of this classic resource."

-Stephen Peterson, Director of Bands, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"The Teaching of Instrumental Music, Fifth Edition is a must own for every instrumental teacher, especially new teachers."

-John R. Locke, Director of Bands, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

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