Every student deserves an excellent teacher, a fair chance at success, and the opportunity to participate in a school music program.
With considerable depth and care—and wonderful practical suggestions—High Needs, Monumental Successes addresses the nuanced but critically important topic of teaching music to low-income and high-needs students.
Drawing from the latest scholarship, his own life experience, and years as a music educator, author Don Stinson presents clear strategies and ideas for teaching, supporting, and advocating for these students.
This book covers a range of relevant topics: attendance, classroom expectations, grading policies, mental health, motivation, programming, securing funds, time management, and locating financial resources for students, among many others. Especially helpful are the example scenarios and questions for teachers scattered throughout the book, as well as sample responses for each.
While teaching music in a low-income and high-needs area has its challenges, the rewards and impact for students, teachers, and the community are life-giving and everlasting. High Needs, Monumental Successes keeps the best interest of the students at its core, equipping teachers with the tools they need to better understand and serve all members of their band, orchestra, choir, and general music programs.
Don Stinson is the director of bands at Joliet Central High School in Illinois, only the fifth director in the band’s 110-year history. He holds degrees in music education from Joliet Junior College, VanderCook College of Music, Northern Illinois University, and a master’s degree in education administration from the University of St. Francis.