This book is a wonderful book to have in your own personal collection of teaching and music books. The authors are Betty W. Atterbury and Carol P. Richarson. I personally love this book because it is directed multiple times to the beginning music teacher and gives helpful tips on how not only to teach music to all age groups, but also the most effective ways to do it and keep your classroom under control while still having fun with the children.
One of my favorite aspects about the book is how practical and easy it is to follow. The table of contents has everything broken down so that everything is easy to access and understand. The way the book is actually laid out is for each chapter is they present a case study, a practice teaching script for that case, and then they give a detailed description of what you need to know is important about the students and the lesson.
Each chapter builds off of the next so that as the kids get older they are challenged more. The first two chapters are about more about the teacher and evaluating music teaching, which I found extremely helpful for beginning teachers. Chapters 3-10 are focused on the students and various ways they can learn music. The authors start out with learning music through singing then go to learning through listening, moving, playing instruments, composing, and lastly reading. There are both primary and intermediate levels for each chapter. Chapter 11 covers real teachers in the real world.
Chapter 11 was helpful to me because it explains the other various jobs and roles you will be playing and expected to fulfill as a teacher. It also gives case studies where you would have to interact with other teachers, school attendants, and parents. I really enjoyed how you could tell that the authors care for students and music. At the end of this chapter, the authors talk about how every child deserves a music education. After the last chapter there are additional listening resources and listening selections from the book.
It also talks about great teaching methods such as Kodaly and Piaget and how to apply those methods in your classroom. Overall this book is a great asset when beginning teaching, or even if you’ve taught for years but are looking for more classroom ideas. I’ll end this post with my favorite line in the book , “The goal of all music instruction is to enhance the inherent musicality of each child.”