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The Heart of Teaching: Empowering Students in the Performing Arts

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    Available in PDF - DJVU Format | The Heart of Teaching: Empowering Students in the Performing Arts.pdf | Language: ENGLISH
    Stephen Wangh(Author)

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The Heart of Teaching is a book about teaching and learning in the performing arts. Its focus is on the inner dynamics of teaching: the processes by which teachers can promote―or undermine―creativity itself. It covers the many issues that teachers, directors and choreographers experience, from the frustrations of dealing with silent students and helping young artists ‘unlearn’ their inhibitions, to problems of resistance, judgment and race in the classroom,.

Wangh raises questions about what can―and what cannot―be taught, and opens a discussion about the social, psychological and spiritual values that underlie the skills and techniques that teachers impart. Subjects addressed include:

    • Question asking: which kinds of questions encourage creativity and which can subvert the learning process.
    • Feedback: how it can foster both dependence and independence in students.
    • Grading: its meaning and meaninglessness.
    • Power relationships, transference and counter-transference
    • The pivotal role of listening.

The Heart of Teaching speaks to experienced teachers and beginning teachers in all disciplines, but is particularly relevant to those in the performing arts, from which most of its examples are drawn. It brings essential insight and honesty to the discussion of how to teach.

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Book details

  • PDF | 176 pages
  • Stephen Wangh(Author)
  • Routledge; 1 edition (18 Dec. 2012)
  • English
  • 8
  • Health, Family & Lifestyle

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  • By Anairb on 3 October 2013

    I love Stephen Wangh's writing. I have taught drama for 25 years and his book, An Acrobat of the Heart, is one of the only two I recommend to my students.So I was really excited when I heard that he had published a new one - this one about teaching. Until I got to the price tag. I'm sorry, Mr Wangh, but to charge £17.99 - only two pounds less than the print edition is quite ridiculous. Among many other things it is a price that few of my students can afford. The great virtue of Kindle is that it brings a new and less affluent generation into the fold. The other best book on actor training is £2.99 on Kindle; £8.99 for the print edition. I'm deeply disappointed and will not be buying this book.

  • By carolep on 14 January 2013

    Full of thoughtful stories and comments which will give food for thought to anyone. I'm neither a performer nor a teacher, but found that these candid reflections on teaching illuminate learning relationships beyond the strictly classroom realm - eg they are equally relevant to religious study scenarios, and the dynamics of inter-generational exchanges over time. Conversational tone makes for enjoyable reading. Useful tool for reflecting on one's own learning experiences.

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