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The Habits of Musicianship: Musical Excellence from the Start

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  • Nearly all teachers agree that the primary long-term goals of music performance instruction center on musical fluency, independence, and artistry.We illustrate in this session how to create experiences for young learners that emphasize these goals and facilitate meaningful music-making from the very first days of instruction. Our approach leads young instrumentalists to think and behave like accomplished musicians beginning on the first day of class and continuing throughout their musical lives.
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  • Bob Duke is the Marlene and Morton Meyerson Centennial Professor in Music and Human Learning, University Distinguished Teaching Professor, Elizabeth Shatto Massey Distinguished Fellow in Teacher Education, and Director of the Center for Music Learning at The University of Texas at Austin.

    Jim Byo is the Carl Prince Matthies Professor of Music Education and University Distinguished Teaching Professor at Louisiana State University.