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  • Writer's pictureDarryl Edwards

Reading Up.

Updated: Jul 4, 2022

Summer's here and I am prizing the time for reading as an escape and reading for growth. Revisiting a Thomas Hardy novel - either Return of the Native or Jude the Obscure. I will also check out the current Scotiabank Giller Prize short list and the Canada Reads long list. Of course that's aspirational thinking, but I am determined to read at least one new Canadian fiction this summer. 

While fiction takes me away, I am always keen to improve my resourcefulness with current publications. They put me intensely and excitedly in the present. Continually refining and upgrading my concepts is an energizing process for me. For me it is an engagement with the Bjork's theory of Desirable Difficulties: to discover, apply, experiment, discern. These resources change my teaching and my dialogical activities with my students. 

I am now on the lookout for the next frontiers coming from the "cognitive dissonances" I have most recently experienced. 

In the past year, the resources below are among those that kept me  prying!

Helding, Lynn. (2020). The Musician's Mind: Teaching, Learning and Performance in the Age of Brain Science. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. 

Beilock, Sian. (2015). How the Body Knows its Mind: The Surprising Power of the Physical Environment to Influence How You Think and Feel. New York: Atria.

Brown, Brené. (2021). Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience. New York: Random


Coates, Shannon. (2022). Voice and the Art of Teaching.

Davids, Julia, Stephen LaTour. (2020). Vocal Technique: A Guide to Classical and Contemporary Styles for Conductors, Teachers and Singers (2nd. ed.) Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press.

Ragan, Kari. (2020). A Systematic Approach to Voice: The Art of Studio Application. San Diego, CA: Plural Publishing.

Schmidt, Richard, and Timothy D. Lee. (2020) Motor Learning and Performance: From Principles to Application, (6th ed.). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Williamon, Aaron, et al. (2021). Performing Music Research: Methods in Music Education, Psychology, and Performance Science. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Winkelman, Nick. (2020). The Language of Coaching: The Art & Science of Teaching Movement. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

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