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Harmonizing Ethics and Education


Donald Stinson / Roosevelt Griffin / Jessica Corry

Music teaching is one of the most rewarding professions on Earth. But music educators, who frequently interact with parents, colleagues, administrators, and the public—plus students— can also face a wide range of moral and ethical choices.

In Harmonizing Ethics and Education, the authors address head-on some of the most challenging scenarios and stressful situations music educators often encounter.

Part I examines the complex world of education, addressing such critical topics as communication, responsibility, community-building, and self-awareness. The authors also provide an effective three-step framework—the Breathe-Reflect-Respond (BRR) model—for navigating conflict resolution.

Parts II and III invite the reader to put theory into practice with more than 40 real-life scenarios covering a broad range of dilemmas—everything from poorly behaved students and upset parents to overbearing administrators and argumentative colleagues. Each scenario includes an explanation of how the original teacher responded along with questions for further consideration and reflection.

Part IV provides sample communications in the form of emails, letters, and phone calls to address parental concerns, collaborate with colleagues, and communicate school policies.

With real-life insight and practical advice for navigating the complexities of the profession, this resource is an invaluable reference that music teachers can return to year after year.

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Category: Music Education, Reference Materials