by Elizabeth Peterson


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The Music Teacher’s First Year: Tales of Challenge, Joy, and Triumph by Elizabeth Peterson

ISBN 978-1-57463-165-4, $19.95

From a first-year teacher whose instruments were stolen before entering his building, to a teacher who received ‘hate mail’ before her first day, to a teacher whose sensitivity, flexibility and insight gained her the respect of her ensemble in only weeks, this collection of true stories from first-year teachers is a delightful description of their real world. In addition, each chapter includes discussion questions for pre-service and young teachers as they prepare for their teaching future.

“This book will provide valuable information and insights into the ‘first years’ of teaching and will be a valuable resource for those entering the profession.”

Frank L. Battisti, Conductor Emeritus, New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble

“ . . . an important book for students and their teachers who value the preparation of the whole music teacher.”

Dr. Mark Fonder, Professor, Music Education Department, Conductor, Ithaca College Concert Band

“This book will be one that our undergraduate music education majors will not want to put down.”

Maud Hickey, Assistant Professor of Music Education and Technology, Northwestern University School of Music

“ . . . extremely valuable for those just beginning their careers, as well as veterans in the field.”

Anthony J. Maiello; Professor of Music, Director of Instrumental Studies, George Mason University

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