Drawn from the authors’ combined eighty years of experience in higher education and their mentorship of young colleagues, this book is a needed and comprehensive guide to thriving as an applied studio faculty member at the collegiate level.
A Practical Guide to Studio Teaching in Higher Education covers all relevant topics, including:
- An overview of higher education settings
- How to apply for applied music positions
- Preparing for a successful job interview
- The basics of studio operations
- Best practices in teaching
- Legal and ethical expectations
The broad range of information and ideas in this book lay the foundation for a career in studio teaching both in terms of artistic and academic preparation, with the goal of helping the next generation of applied music teachers achieve their professional goals and career aspirations.
Scott C. Watson is Professor of Music at the University of Kansas. A member of the faculty since 1981, he has served for many years as Division Director of the Division of Brass and Percussion. His teaching assignments have included such diverse topics as brass methods, brass pedagogy, music appreciation, chamber music coaching, and orchestral repertoire.
Dr. Jerry A. Young is Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire. He formerly taught at the University of Central Missouri, the University of Illinois, and in the public schools of Arkansas. From 1983 to 1993 he was a member of the music faculty of the Interlochen Arts Camp and is currently an adjunct instructor at Northwestern Michigan College and at the Interlochen Arts Academy.
What strikes me is how practical the information in each chapter is presented. There is simply no other source I know of which is so comprehensive and so helpful. Your chapters on how to set up the studio, how to develop a philosophy of teaching, and successful approaches to studio teaching are invaluable. Discussion about the probationary period and how to prepare for evaluation really hit the mark. What may be the most helpful part of the book are the appendices. Providing samples of successful application materials as well as other letters are so helpful. I also like the sample jury sheet and advising log. . . . If I were still dean, I would purchase your book for every new hire teaching private studio lessons. Congratulations on a very successful book.
Dean Emeritus of the Ithaca College School of Music