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The Art of Teaching Music


reviewed by Frank Abrahams October 07, 2008

coverTitle: The Art of Teaching Music
Author(s): Estelle R. Jorgensen
Publisher: Indiana University Press, Bloomington
ISBN: 0253219639, Pages: 344, Year: 2008
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The Art of Teaching Music is the third music education text by Indiana University Professor of Music Education Estelle R. Jorgensen. The other two, In Search of Music Education (1997) and Transforming Music Education (2003) are collections of essays (eight in all) that set an agenda for music education as a profession. In her first book, Jorgensen states, “How a profession conceives of itself, its reason for being, and its assumptions about the world with which it interacts has much to do with how it goes about doing what it does and practicing what it professes” (p. xi).  All three books wrestle with this idea. Transforming Music Education, published six years later, suggests that music teachers are catalysts who shape culture and set a direction for society. In that context, Jorgensen asks, “What should music education be about and for? What can musicians and educators do to model and engender educational transformation?... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 07, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15401, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 11:24:55 PM

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  • Frank Abrahams
    Rider University
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    FRANK ABRAHAMS, Ed.D. is Professor of Music Education and Chair of the Music Education Department at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey. He is the co-author of Case Studies in Music Education and the forthcoming text, Teaching Music Through Performance in Middle School Choir. Both are published by GIA.
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