A guide for energizing and
enriching band, orchestra,
and choral programs
"Pathways is a compilation of great ideas integrated with a series of pragmatic recipes for success, a profound perspective of what we do and, more importantly, why we do it."— Tim Lautzenheiser, from the Foreword
Year after year, music teachers face the same challenges running an effective school music program: to motivate students to grow as musicians, and simply to keep them in the program!
Pathways is an unforgettable, insightful, and practical book that addresses such challenges. Musician and teacher Joseph Alsobrook explains how to meet the indispensable needs of music students while simultaneously enjoying a rewarding and meaningful career as a music educator.
Combining the wisdom of multiple great minds, this book is divided into five major sections, each full of hands-on suggestions, and each targeting an "essential gift" that all students need to receive. These gifts are the pathways that lead to musical and personal enrichment for students and teachers alike.
Far from another "tricks of the trade" manual, Pathways is a unique collection of practical and creative options that will help you to set the mental, physical, and emotional stages for truly exceptional teaching and learning experiences, and an inspirational resource for anyone committed to elevating student achievement.
Joseph Alsobrook is an active music educator in Oklahoma. He currently teaches band at Union High School in Tulsa.