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Title: Conceptualizing conceptual teaching: Practical strategies for large instrumental ensembles
Authors: Tan, Leonard Yuh Chaur
Keywords: Conceptual teaching
Large ensembles
Instrumental music education
Practical strategies
Issue Date: 2016
Citation: Tan, L. (2016). Conceptualizing conceptual teaching: Practical strategies for large instrumental ensembles. Music Educators Journal, 102(4), 50-55.
Abstract: Half a century ago, calls had already been made for instrumental ensemble directors to move beyond performance to include the teaching of musical concepts in the rehearsal hall. Relatively recent research, however, suggests that conceptual teaching remains relatively infrequent during rehearsals. Given the importance of teaching for long-term musical goals, revisiting this critical topic, backed by research and learning theories, is important and timely. Enriched by insights from my own teaching experience, the goal of this paper is to clarify the nature of conceptual teaching and encourage conceptual teaching in large instrumental ensembles by addressing the following questions: What is conceptual teaching? Why teach conceptually? How may musical concepts be taught through the rehearsal hall? I conclude this article with some thoughts toward the future.
Description: This is the final draft, after peer-review, of a manuscript published in Music Educators Journal. The published version is available online at
ISSN: 0027-4321 (print)
1945-0087 (online)
Other Identifiers: 10.1177/0027432116641464
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