Recommended Readings

Creating Cultures of Thinking: 8 Forces We Must Master to Truly Transform Our Schools by: Ron Ritchhart

Case studies, practical guidelines, self-assessments, and inquiry projects enable teachers and administrators—as well as anyone interested in fostering group learning—to understand and shape powerful learning communities.


Teaching for Musical Understanding by: Jackie Wiggins

Teaching for Musical Understanding offers a learner-centered, constructivist approach to the practice of teaching music. Rooted in current theories of learning and years of classroom experience, the text brings innovation and real-world practicality to music and music teacher education classrooms. The second edition draws on more contemporary theories of learning and expands the social constructivist vision set forth in the first edition to reflect more contemporary work.


Finnish Lessons by: Pasi Sahlberg

It is now time to break down the ideology of exceptionalism in the United States and other Anglo-American nations, if we are to develop reforms that will truly inspire our teachers to improve learning for all our students …


Better by: Atul Gawande

A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance – can be interpreted through the lens of other content areas. I have read it through the lens of music and truly enjoyed his writings about being a positive deviant.


Choice Theory by: William Glasser

A New Psychology of Personal Freedom. In order for human beings to gain satisfaction with their lives, they must find acceptable ways to satisfy their basic needs at least to a minimum level. It is important to note that even though the basic needs are the same for all human beings, the wants that satisfy these needs vary from individual to individual.


Experience & Education by: John Dewey

According to Dewey good education should have both a societal purpose and purpose for the individual student.  For Dewey, the long-term matters, but so does the short-term quality of an educational experience.  Educators are responsible, therefore, for providing students with experiences that are immediately valuable and which better enable the students to contribute to society.


In Search of Understanding: The Case for Constructivist Classrooms by: Jaqueline Brooks & Martin Brooks

The activities that transpire within the classroom either help or hinder students’ learning. Any meaningful discussion of educational renewal, therefore, must focus explicitly and directly on the classroom, and on the teaching and learning that occur within it. This book presents a case for the development of classrooms in which students are encouraged to construct deep understandings of important concepts.


Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners by: Ron Ritchhart, Mark Church, Karin Morrison

Visible Thinking is a flexible and systematic research-based approach to integrating the development of students’ thinking with content learning across subject matters. An extensive and adaptable collection of practices, Visible Thinking has a double goal: on the one hand, to cultivate students’ thinking skills and dispositions, and, on the other, to deepen content learning. By thinking dispositions, we mean curiosity, concern for truth and understanding, a creative mindset, not just being skilled but also alert to thinking and learning opportunities and eager to take them.


Pedagogy of the Oppressed by: Pablo Friere

Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed is a combination of philosophical, political, and educational theory. Freire outlines a theory of oppression and the source of liberation. In Freire’s view, the key to liberation is the awakening of critical awareness and the thinking process in the individual. This happens through a new type of education, one which creates a partnership between the teacher and the student, empowering the student to enter into a dialogue and begin the process of humanization through thought and its correlative, action.


Bridging the Gap: Popular Music and Music Education by: Carlos Xavier Rodriguez

A valuable new resource on the trends and issues related to the use of popular music in the classroom, this collection of essays by well-known scholars and educators addresses many important topics. Includes a discussion of the many possible definitions of popular music, information on how popular musicians learn, and specific examples of educational programs that incorporate popular music with suggestions on how to choose high quality repertoire.


Choice Words by: Peter Johnston

Language is a teacher’s most powerful tool. In this unique book, Peter provides instructive examples of the apparently ordinary words, phrases, and uses of language that are pivotal in the orchestration of the classroom.


Releasing the Imagination: Essays on Education, the Arts, and Social Change by: Maxine Greene

It is imagination, says Maxine Greene, that opens our eyes to worlds beyond our experience–enabling us to create, care for others, and envision social change. In Releasing the Imagination, this renowned educator and philosopher reveals the critical role of imagination in cognitive and other modes of learning.Ruminating on themes such as literacy, the arts and aesthetics, pluralism, multiculturalism, and the tensions and passions of caring, Greene carefully considers both the realities of hard economic times and the human requirement for expressiveness.


Understanding by Design by: Grant Wiggins & Jay McTighe

Understanding by Design poses the core, essential questions of understanding and design, and provides readers with practical solutions for the teacher-designer.  The book opens by analyzing the logic of backward design as an alternative to coverage and activity-oriented plans.  Though backward from habit, this approach brings more focus and coherence to instruction.  The book proposes a multifaceted approach, with the six “facets” of understanding.  The facets combine with backward design to provide a powerful, expanded array of practical tools and strategies for designing curriculum, instruction, and assessments that lead students at all grade levels to genuine understanding.


Computers in Music Education: Amplifying Musicality by: Andrew Brown

Computers in Music Education addresses the question of how computer technologies might best assist music education. For current and preservice music teachers and designed as a development tool, reference resource, and basic teaching text, it addresses pedagogical issues and the use of computers to aid production and presentation of students’ musical works.


A Philosophy of Music Education: Advancing the Vision by: Bennett Reimer

This book advances the philosophy of its previous editions into new territory, recasting it in light of emerging ideas and interests in philosophy in general and in philosophy of music in particular. The foundational concept of this book—that the values of music are gained through direct experiences with its meaningful sounds—remains intact, but is explained and applied in broader, more inclusive scope, with a synergistic philosophical stance as the basis. In addition it clarifies and updates for readers the explanations of musical feeling, musical creativity, and musical meaning that are at its core.


The Process of Education by: Jerome Bruner

Jerome Bruner has made a profound contribution to our appreciation of the process of education and to the development of curriculum theory. We explore his work and draw out some important lessons for informal educators and those concerned with the practice of lifelong learning.


Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity by: Scott Watson

Author Scott Watson makes a compelling case for creativity-based music learning through eight teacher-tested principles that access, nurture, and develop students’ potential for musical expression. Example after example illustrates each principle in a variety of music teaching and technology scenarios. Watson also includes practical ideas for technology-based creative music activities, locating lesson plans and other resources, and assessing creative work.


Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by: Daniel Pink

In this provocative and persuasive new book, Daniel Pink asserts that the secret to high performance and satisfaction-at work, at school, and at home—is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.


Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by: Carol Dweck

Dweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success–but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. She makes clear why praising intelligence and ability doesn’t foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment, but may actually jeopardize success. With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids and help them to raise their grades, as well as reach our own goals–personal and professional.

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