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Growing MusiciansTeaching Music in Middle School and Beyond$
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Bridget Sweet

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199372065

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199372065.001.0001

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The Adolescent Musician

The Adolescent Musician

(p.1) Chapter 1 The Adolescent Musician
Growing Musicians

Bridget Sweet

Oxford University Press

Chapter 1 delves into physical, emotional, and cognitive characteristics of adolescents that impact and influence the work of music educators, regardless of area of musical concentration. Discussion spans topics of sporadic physiological growth, emotion, adolescent brain development, cognition, identity formation, and self-esteem. From understanding nuances of this population, music educators are better equipped to meet the musical and developmental needs of adolescent students, as well as to recognize adolescents’ potential to grow and contribute in positive and exciting ways. In addition, with knowledge of the adolescent way of thinking, teachers are more prepared to empower adolescent music students as they navigate issues of identity and explore the questions, “Who am I? What do I believe?”

Keywords:   empowering adolescents, music students, physical growth, emotion, cognitive ability, adolescent brain development, identity formation, self-esteem

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