Teaching Music through Performance in Orchestra – Volume 1


By Michael Allen, Louis Bergonzi, Jacquelyn Dillon, Robert Gillespie, James Kjelland, and Dorothy Straub. Compiled and edited by David Littrell and Laura Reed Racin.

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Written, researched and compiled by scholars with a wealth of teaching experience, Teaching Music through Performance in Orchestra is a one-of-a-kind, indispensable resource that allows educators to lead students beyond the notes on the printed page toward total musical awareness and understanding!

Part I of this valuable guide offers “words of wisdom” from six successful orchestra teachers with over 150 years of experience among them. Each gives practical advice on subjects ranging from producing well-rounded musicians, rehearsal suggestions, and preparing for festivals to selecting high-quality music and the impact of national standards on teaching.

Part II contains a nuts-and-bolts analysis of 100 of the most significant works for strings and full orchestra, Grades 1 through 6. Researched and compiled by scholarly musicians and teachers across the country, this section gives important information on each musical selection, including composer and composition information, historical background, technical requirements, stylistic considerations, musical elements (form and structure), suggestions for additional listening and a guide to selected references.

As a reference guide or a college-level text, Teaching Music though Performance in Orchestra is an ideal tool for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of their music repertoire.