Handbook for the Music Mentor

Colleen Conway, Michael V. Smith, Thomas Hodgman

© 2010 GIA.

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This exceptional handbook is for anyone who is passionate about mentoring our newest generation of music educators-from their time as undergraduate music majors, to their forays as student teachers, and ultimately through their formative first years on the job.

Like its companion, Handbook for the Beginning Music Teacher, this volume includes invaluable chapters covering both the practical and theoretical aspects of guiding new educators as they establish successful careers in the profession.

This book includes dozens of vignettes written by undergraduate students, co-op teachers, and university supervisors that provide a real-world window to issues related to mentoring.

Other special features include forms for mentors to give to pre-service teachers when completing observations in various music classrooms, reflection worksheets for student teachers, checklists for mentor meetings, and even a suggested calendar and discussion topics for meetings between mentors and their educators.

Research suggests that the needs of the beginning music teacher are unique compared to general teachers in the field of education, yet up to now there has not been a resource that addresses these unique differences through mentoring. This Handbook is truly a major contribution to the music education profession.

Colleen M. Conway is Associate Professor of Music Education at The University of Michigan. Her scholarly interests include instrumental music education, pre-service music teacher education, qualitative research, and the mentoring and induction of beginning music teachers. Conway has published more than fifty articles on these topics in music education journals.

Michael V. Smith is Associate Professor and Chair of Music Education at the Catholic University of America. He has developed mentoring programs for the Yamaha Corporation of America, Minnesota Music Educators Association, Illinois Music Educators Association, and has served as a consultant and made presentations on the topic of mentoring at numerous state and professional organization meetings.

Thomas M. Hodgman is Associate Professor of Music at Adrian College, where he is Chair of the Music Department and Director of Choral Ensembles. Prior to his position at Adrian College, he was Director of Choral Activities at New Jersey University and at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York.  

Categories: Guidebook, Professional Development, Skill Building

Number of Pages: 496

Language: English

Format: Spiral

Discipline: General Music, Band, Orchestra, Choir