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Summer School: Exploring Teaching Methods with Eric Booth

Eric Booth: "What can I do to bring that viewer inside this work of art on just a single hearing?"

We continue our Summer School blog series with more on teaching artistry from award-winning educator  Eric Booth. In the video below, Booth explores how different teaching methods can open students up to a piece of art—or close them off from it. Booth uses William Carlos Williams's poem "The Red Wheelbarrow" as an example, giving a lecture that he calls "standard operating procedure," then contrasting it with other methods that "engage the imagination." 

Ultimately, Booth encourages teaching artists to reach out to students and help them make a personal connection to the art being explored. For the full series of Booth's philosophies and methods in teaching artistry, visit our Online Resource Center.


"[Some teaching approaches] squelch the notion that you're going to make your own personally relevant connection [with a particular work of art]."

—Eric Booth

For more of this series, explore:
Summer School: Career Tips from the Kronos Quartet
Summer School: Explore, Create, and Express through Classical Indian Music with Zakir Hussain
Summer School: Musical Intention and Communication
Summer School: Establishing a Musical Career
Summer School: What is a Teaching Artist? 
Summer School: The Journey from Workshop to Stage
Summer School: "Let the Performers Be Themselves"  
Summer School: "Music is the Star"  

For more information about applying for an opportunity to work with renowned artists such as Emmanuel Pahud, Marilyn Horne, John Adams and David Robertson, and the Takács Quartet, visit:
Professional Training Workshops 

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