Music Pedagogy
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music
Department: Technology/Business
Course Number: JTEB 4417
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
This course is designed to equip students with multiple perspectives and practical skills for careers oriented around teaching and learning in music, with a concentration on teaching jazz improvisation. Organized around a mapping of the field, readings and projects will address individual lesson instruction, classroom teaching, teaching artistry as a visiting presenter, and contexts of research and practice in higher education. Some organizing frames are student center approaches, inquiry based education, critical exploration, constructive developmental psychology, and the intersection of teaching and research. The topics covered include preparation and reflection, student assessment, multiple purposes for music education, and teaching across contexts of varying ages and programs. Students in the class will be asked to teach lessons, share and analyze their own experiences as students of music, interview teachers, and develop a good critical understanding of their past and present music teachers. The first part of the semester will be oriented toward individual instrumental instruction and pedagogical philosophy; the second part of the semester will move in the direction of classroom teaching, curriculum design, and specialized work as a music teaching artist.
Course Open to: Majors Only


Open to Lang/Jazz BA/BFA students.

Open to School of Jazz & Contemp Music students.


Open to Undergraduate students.