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date: 13 November 2019

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The purpose of this chapter is to describe current research and practice in beginning string instruction and teacher preparation, to provide an overview of the challenges faced by music teacher educators (MTEs), and to offer suggestions for future directions. First, the chapter provides an overview of the curriculum for beginning string education classes and identifies performance and teaching competencies needed to teach beginning strings. Next, it describes the teacher education coursework and authentic-context learning experiences commonly used to address these performance and teaching competencies. Finally, the chapter challenges and promising practices for string teacher preparation and provides suggestions for future research.

Keywords: authentic-context learning experiences, beginning string instruction, music teacher education, performance competencies, string curriculum, string education, string teacher preparation, teacher preparation, teaching competencies

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