Welcome to the website for The Teaching of Instrumental Music by Richard Colwell, Michael Hewitt, and Mark Fonder. The book, now in it’s 5th ed, introduces music education majors to instrumental pedagogy for the instruments and ensembles commonly found in the elementary and secondary schools. It focuses on the core competencies required for teacher certification in instrumental music, with the pervasive philosophy to assist teachers as they develop an instrumental music program.

The book is in Five parts. The first is devoted to program foundations and administration while the 2nd focuses on ensemble teaching. The remaining sections are dedicated to the skills and techniques of woodwind, brass, percussion, and string instruments.

It’s a complete reference for the beginning instrumental music teacher. 

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“This MUST be the ‘go-to’ book for instrumental music education. With this edition, we see the intersection of solid music education philosophy and superb practical pedagogy, presented by three undisputed masters in the field. I offer my highest endorsement of this classic resource.”

—Stephen Peterson, Director of Bands, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Teaching of Instrumental Music, Fifth Edition is a must own for every instrumental teacher, especially new teachers.”

  —John R. Locke, Director of Bands, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

The Teaching of Instrumental Music has remained the most important textbook in my library. It is thorough, contemporary, and has relevance to instrumental music educators at any level of experience. The fifth edition of this cornerstone book reflects an evolving profession.”

  —Eric Rombach-Kendall, Director of Bands, University of New Mexico