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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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Humor in the Music Classroom

Humor in the Music Classroom

(p.141) Chapter 6 Humor in the Music Classroom
Growing Musicians

Bridget Sweet

Oxford University Press

Chapter 6 focuses on humor in the adolescent music classroom. Adolescents can be very funny people and humor provides a natural way to connect with and guide them. In addition, as adolescents can also be consumed with self-consciousness and worry, humor in the music classroom provides them an escape from such issues. Middle-level music educators can also be very funny people and use humor in a variety of ways. However, when using humor as a teaching tactic, it must be approached and executed mindfully. Humor used for good can engage students in musical experiences, but if used negatively, it may damage relationships and impair students’ sense of themselves. Sarcasm should be employed selectively and used only in positive or neutral ways.

Keywords:   classroom humor, adolescent sense of humor, teaching tactic, sarcasm, laughing at yourself, positive humor, avoiding negative humor

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