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From the Stage to the StudioHow Fine Musicians Become Great Teachers$
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Cornelia Watkins and Laurie Scott

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199740529

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199740529.001.0001

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Comprehensive Teaching

Comprehensive Teaching

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(p.144) 9 Comprehensive Teaching
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From the Stage to the Studio
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Cornelia Watkins

Laurie Scott

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199740529.003.0009

This chapter discusses the concept of comprehensive teaching and how it can help teachers who are caught in a skills-only teaching trap, a teaching method that focuses on addressing students' technical issues. Teachers who are trapped in this method spend an entire one-hour lesson or rehearsal adjusting positions, drilling rhythms, and fixing notes, leaving behind the opportunity to teach musical concepts or explore real music-making. By applying comprehensive teaching, students' skill, knowledge, and expression are reinforced in a variety of ways. The chapter further reviews some teaching principles and discusses how the integration of these concepts can create a highly productive learning environment.

Keywords:   comprehensive teaching, skills-only teaching trap, musical concepts, teaching principles, teachers

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