Magazine article American Music Teacher

Inclusion and Success

Magazine article American Music Teacher

Inclusion and Success

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For most of my 16 years at MTNA, I have advocated that a proper music education involves, even requires, both public school music as well as private teaching.

The public-private partnership provides the means for integrating music into the whole fabric of a child's life. Public school music without the involvement of private music instruction becomes shallow and narrow. Private music instruction without the support of public school music becomes isolated and exclusive. Each aspect, public and private, is necessary to a child's mental, emotional, physical and musical development. Alone, neither is sufficient. The tasks of music education are too great and the benefits are too important to be left to one or the other.

The International Society for Music Education has come to embrace this vision, establishing in 2008 a new "Forum for Instrumental and Vocal Teaching." I had the privilege of assisting in its development and now serve through 2016 as its chair. This forum focuses on the role of the studio, private teacher and the nexus with the classroom teacher. This opportunity has greatly expanded MTNA's role and influence in music education on the international stage, and it has provided me a glimpse into the kaleidoscope of ideas and practices that make up music education around the globe. Let me share an example.

Recently, I moderated a panel at the International Symposium for Research and Higher Education in Music in Porto Alegre, Brazil. …

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