Press Release – Advice for Music Educators to Help Students Thrive Offered in New Publication

Advice for Music Educators to Help Students Thrive Offered in New Publication from MENC: The National Association for Music Education and Rowman & Littlefied Education

Reaching and Teaching All Instrumental Music Students Now Available

RESTON, VA (February 28, 2007)Reaching and Teaching All Instrumental Music Students, a new publication by Kevin Mixon and published by MENC: The National Association for Music Education and Rowman & Littlefield Education, provides much-needed advice drawn from credible research and established approaches along with practical application for the incredible variety of music classrooms that teachers face today. Author and educator Mixon adapts research-based theories to fit typical situations that are not always ideal. Exploring such topics as recruiting and retention, garnering program support, teaching for diverse learning styles and exceptional students, introducing notation, composition, and improvisation, Mixon provides practical advice that maximizes classroom and rehearsal time.

Reaching and Teaching All Instrumental Music Students addresses issues that many instrumental music texts might overlook. This book takes small doses of the valuable research conducted in the halls of academia and integrates it with the less than ideal circumstances in the real classroom.

Reaching and Teaching All Instrumental Music Students is a much-needed text that addresses the specific requirements of those who teach music in difficult circumstances,” says Edward S. Lisk, clinician, conductor, and author. “Guiding teachers through the complexities of today’s classroom realities, Mixon shares proven instructional strategies to produce music programs of merit, particularly in urban settings. University methods courses should put this book at the top of their reading lists.”

Kevin Mixon has taught in varied urban, rural, and suburban environments. His ensembles consistently receive the highest ratings at festivals and are widely recognized for achievement. He publishes and presents regularly on several topics related to music education, and his growing list of published compositions for band and orchestra reflect and respect student diversity. Mixon believes all instrumental students can be engaged when the right techniques are used. This is important, he says, because for many schools, schedules are limiting instruction time.

Music educators searching for solid, down-to-earth, ready-to-use information to help students succeed will find that Reaching and Teaching All Instrumental Music Students is full of proven successful techniques and information.

Reaching and Teaching All Instrumental Music Students is available from RLE for $19.95. MENC members receive a discount of 25%. To order or for more information, call 800-462-6420 or visit www.rowmaneducation.com.

MENC: The National Association for Music Education, the world’s largest arts education organization, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. More than 130,000 members represent all levels of teaching from preschool to graduate school. Since 1907, MENC has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. MENC’s activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession, for the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school curriculum, and for the development of the National Standards for Arts Education.

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