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Teaching Music in Higher Education

Second Edition

Colleen M. Conway

Publication Date - 19 February 2020

ISBN: 9780190945312

336 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

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With five newly written chapters and sizable additions to nine original chapters, this second edition of Teaching Music in Higher Education provides a welcome update to author Colleen M. Conway's essential guide. In the book's new chapters, Conway offers insights beyond music and cognition including gender identity, sexual identity, and issues of cultural diversity not addressed in the first edition. Conway also covers technology in instructional settings and includes new references and updated student vignettes.

Designed for faculty and graduate assistants working with undergraduate music majors as well as non-majors in colleges and universities, the book is designed to fit within a typical 15-week semester. The book's three sections address concerns about undergraduate curricula that meet National Association of School of Music requirements as well as teacher education requirements for music education majors in most states. Part I includes chapters on assessment and grading in music courses; understanding students' cognitive, musical, and identity growth; and syllabus design. Part II focuses on creating a culture for learning; instructional strategies to facilitate active learning; and applied studio teaching. Part III addresses growth in teaching practices for the college music professor and focuses on the job search in higher education, feedback from students, and navigating a career in higher education. The book features highly useful templates including a departmental assessment report, forms for student midterm and final evaluation, a Faculty Activities Report for music professors, and a tenure and promotion materials packet. Each of the three sections of the book makes reference to relevant research from the higher education or learning sciences literature as well as suggestions for further reading in the various topic areas.

New to this Edition

  • Includes a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education
  • Includes additional chapters on teaching applied music with stories shared from applied faculty members


  • Includes contributions from undergraduate music students as well as faculty

About the Author(s)

Colleen M. Conway is Professor of Music Education and Vice-Chair of the Faculty Senate at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in horn performance and music education from the Eastman School of Music and a doctorate in music education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is currently Editor-in-Chief of Arts Education Policy Review and on the review board of the Journal of Research in Music Education.


"Conway includes a critically important new section on understanding today's college music student, bringing into focus the important topics of identity development and learner-centered pedagogy. The new edition comes to life through music student vignettes and interview transcripts that provide rich, first-hand stories of the real world of the collegiate music school. Faculty voices from the field offer a clear view into the life of studio teaching, with compelling and proven recommendations." -- Donna Brink Fox, Senior Associate Dean, Eastman School of Music

"An indispensable resource for any musician thinking about a career in higher education. The second edition is comprehensive, practical, and includes the most current ideas in the field. The chapters on strategies for finding the first job and navigating a music career in higher education provide vital practical advice for early-career musicians." -- Harold F. Abeles, Professor of Music and Music Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

Table of Contents

    About the Second Edition

    Part One: Course Planning and Preparation

    Chapter One: Designing an Undergraduate Music Course
    Chapter Two: Assessment
    Chapter Three: Understanding the Learners - Intellectual Growth
    Chapter Four: Understanding the Learners - Musical Growth
    Chapter Five: Understanding the Learners - Identities in Inclusive Classrooms
    Chapter Six: The Syllabus

    Part Two: Teaching and Learning

    Chapter Seven: Creating a Culture for Learning
    Chapter Eight: Instructional Strategies for Academic Courses
    Chapter Nine: Strategies for Active Learning in Music Classrooms
    Chapter Ten: Teaching Applied Music - Applied Lessons
    Chapter Eleven: Teaching Applied Music - Recruiting, Studio Culture, Studio Classes and Events

    Part Three: Growth in Teaching Practice and a Future in Higher Education

    Chapter Twelve: The Job Search in Higher Education
    Chapter Thirteen: Reflection and Improvement of Teaching
    Chapter Fourteen: Navigating a Career in Higher Education

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