Why do we throw ourselves—heart, soul, and often-abused bodies—into a relentlessly demanding occupation? Because music can touch our souls in a place nothing else can. Because the smile of a child can make it all worthwhile. And if we do our jobs well, every day has the potential for sharing the joy of high achievement. Through music we teach life lessons. We create memories that will last long after we are gone.
—Paula A. Crider
After more than fifty years as a music educator and conductor, the legendary Paula Crider has experienced it all—the lows and the highs, the messes and the magnificence of teaching music at all levels. With love, wit, and sincerity, she now shares her hard-earned wisdom in this must-read for anyone who teaches music.
There is something here for educators on every leg of the teaching journey. Crider’s conversational narrative begins with her unconventional student-teaching experience and moves through the essentials for music educators—everything from score study, rehearsal strategies, and conducting technique to classroom culture and teacher self-care.
Not only does Crider touch on pedagogy, but she also discusses the often elusive “secret ingredients” that turn notes on the page into meaningful musical experiences.
Beyond the Notes proves Crider to be a role model of skill, artistry, passion, and purpose whose insight and experience will have readers returning to this book over and over.
Following a distinguished teaching career, Professor Paula A. Crider continues to share her passion for making music through an active schedule as guest conductor, lecturer, clinician, and adjudicator. Professor Crider has taught in the public schools at all levels and holds the distinction of having been the first female in the state of Texas to serve as director of bands at a Class 5A high school. She is Professor Emerita at the University of Texas, where she was twice awarded the “Eyes of Texas” Award for distinguished teaching.