The New School for
Jazz and Contemporary Music

Music Pedagogy

This course is designed to develop students’ skills as music teachers, with a primary focus on private lesson instruction. Attention is also given to group lessons, clinics, ensembles, and master classes. This course enhances students’ ability to earn a living in the music business. The topics covered include: preparation and organization of teaching materials, setting standards, dealing with equipment, pacing and timing, motivating ambivalent students, and understanding developmental psychology as it applies to teaching music. Students are asked to share and analyze their own experiences and to develop a good critical understanding of their past and present music teachers. The first part of the semester is oriented toward basic instrumental instruction techniques; the second part moves to teaching more advanced students, including instruction in jazz style and improvisation. 2 credits

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