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ERIC Number: EJ1012888
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jan-30
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8094
Songs My Student Taught Me: Narrative of an Early Childhood Cello Teacher
Hendricks, Karin S.
International Journal of Education & the Arts, v14 spec iss 1.4 Jan 2013
Out of the mouth of babes (and even more nonverbal) has come perhaps the wisest music teacher education I have ever received. In this narrative I share my foibles as a young, over-confident, and naive music instructor who, through a great amount of error, eventually learned the value of letting a child lead his own music learning. Throughout this narrative I highlight excerpts from teaching and parent journals that I collected and analyzed during a twelve-month period in which I taught Danny--a four-year-old cello student whose already refined sense of musicianship and innate desire to learn rarely meshed with my efforts to teach certain skills and repertoire that I thought would be "best for him." I candidly share my arrogance, mistakes, and personal learning experiences while also revealing tensions that emerged through various parent-child-teacher interactions (manifested in shades of perfectionism and the clash between expressiveness and technique). In contrast, other stories reveal spontaneous and tender music-making moments at times when Danny, Mother, and I would just simply "play."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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