Vitalizing Music History – or How (Not) to Teach the Canon

Today’s guest author is Hannah Lewis, a fifth year PhD student in the Music Department, and former Head TF for the General Education course “American Musicals & American Culture.” Vitalizing Music History Teaching (James R. Briscoe, ed. Hillsdale, NY: Pendragon Press, 2010) is one of very few recent edited volumes on music history pedagogy, and its…

Book Review: Teaching in the Art Museum

Rika Burnham, Elliot Kai-Kee, Teaching in the Art Museum: Interpretation as Experience. J. Paul Getty Museum; 1st Edition edition (April 19, 2011) Reviewed by Anita Nikkanen, former Departmental Teaching Fellow of Classics and Comparative Literature Teaching in the Art Museum is, as the name makes plain, a book about teaching and learning with and about the art objects…

Book Review: The Practice of University History Teaching

Alan Booth, Paul Hyland (eds.), The Practice of University History Teaching. Manchester University Press: Manchester 2000. Reviewed by Martin Kroher, Departmental Teaching Fellow in East Asian Languages and Civilizations At first glance the usefulness of the edited volume The Practice of University History Teaching might appear to be limited to teachers in degree programs in history…

The Heart of Higher Education: A Call to Renewal

The Heart of Higher Education: A Call to Renewal, by Parker J. Palmer and Arthur Zajonc Reviewed by Allison Gale, Departmental Teaching Fellow for Earth and Planetary Sciences Given its saccharine title, a skeptic might expect this book to be filled with touchy-feely jargon and ideas that lack substance. Instead, it strikes a welcome balance…

A Classic for a Reason: McKeachie’s Teaching Tips

McKeachie’s Teaching Tips: Strategies, Research, and Theory for College and University Teachers Reviewed by Nicole Deterding, Departmental Teaching Fellow for Sociology Marilla Svinicki and Wilbert McKeachie’s Teaching Tips, first published in 1950 and now in its 13th edition, offers a hearty bread-and-butter treatment of college teaching that will both sate hungry first-time instructors and give…