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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 Humanity of Teaching Music

The Humanity of Teaching Music

(p.117) Chapter 5 The Humanity of Teaching Music
Growing Musicians

Bridget Sweet

Oxford University Press

All of our adolescent students will have personal connections with music in some way, which allows music educators to not only develop the musical skills of adolescent students, but also to help them become caring and empathetic citizens. Chapter 5 centers on real-world efforts by music teachers to address and teach about humanity and empathy in their music classroom, both through their words and their actions. Such efforts include promoting “random acts of kindness,” sharing personal stories with students, and involving students in efforts to develop awareness of others. Throughout this chapter, various stories illustrate how a focus on humanity can have a powerful influence on adolescent students in music programs.

Keywords:   music, humanity, random acts of kindness, empathy, belonging, stories

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