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We examined approximately 25 hours of video recordings of private lessons taught by three internationally recognized artist-teachers: the oboist Richard Killmer, the violist Donald McInnes, and the pianist Nelita True. By creating detailed narrative descriptions of the lessons observed, we sought to determine whether there were elements of instruction that appeared in the teaching of all three pedagogues. We identified 19 such elements, which we organized in three broad categories: Goals and Expectations, Effecting Change, and Conveying Information. All of the 19 elements, which we describe in detail, were prominent features in the lessons taught by all three teachers.
THE HABITS OF MUSICIANSHIP
The Habits of Musicianship is an introductory method book for the first year of instrumental class instruction. Appropriate for use in middle school beginning band classes and in college instrumental techniques classes, the book embodies an approach to music learning that is in many ways unique. We are distributing the method free of charge through this web site; and although we retain the copyrights to the materials, teachers have blanket permission to make unlimited copies for themselves and for their own students.
Locating reliable information and identifying available resources is often difficult for parents, caregivers, and teachers. We designed this website to provide a useful portal for information related to various conditions of disability. The categorical disability labels listed in the most current version of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA) served as the framework for the organization of the site, although we have revised several labels to reflect more recent federal changes in language (e.g., intellectual disability replaces mental retardation). Not all of the categories or subcategories from IDEA are included, although we may add others in the future.
Live Illustrations by Professionals is designed to afford young musicians a close-up view of artists' embouchures in action. Most students' opportunities to observe the embouchures of experts are limited either to still photographs or to views from long distances. LIPs images illustrate the physical details of embouchures in varied performance contexts (e.g., high and low registers, loud and soft dynamics).
INTELLIGENT MUSIC PRACTICE
Recent research findings about how the brain encodes and refines skill memories not only make the process of music learning more understandable and interesting, but also suggest ways to make practice a more positive and productive experience for musicians. We have conducted systematic investigations of music learning and procedural memory consolidation over the past 16 years. Our own findings and the research of others over the past two decades have revealed important insights about the formation, refinement, and retrieval of skill memories. In this section of our website, we explain ways to set up effective practice for learners at all levels of experience and expertise, combining information from neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and observations of expert musicians’ practice.
GOOD MUSIC PEOPLE
Good Music People is a nascent program designed for professional musicians and students that facilitates identifying and creating opportunities for building rewarding musical lives. The program's components provide: Inspiration/Demonstration (models of successful individual and group projects that have sustained impact); Explanation (the psychological, sociological, and logistical foundations of why this matters and how this works); Direction (building a network of resources for musicians who aspire to deploy their skills in ways that enhance human well-being, their own and that of the people they share their music with).
An active Facebook Group that connects graduates of the undergraduate teacher preparation program and of the master's and doctoral programs in the Butler School of Music.
Tens of thousands of people are playing string instruments today as a result of the far-reaching effects of the String Project, which has served as a national model for the education of teachers and young string players. Attracting students from almost every state in the US and countries abroad, the String Project has developed the skills of hundreds of teachers who gone on to found and develop string programs in primary and secondary schools, universities, and private studios.