A Teaching Artist’s Companion: How to Define and Develop Your Practice (book)

You are an artist, living the artist’s life. But you also want to make a difference in the world as a teaching artist. You know how to pursue excellence in your art form; how can you best pursue excellence in teaching artistry, when TAs receive so little training or support in the working world?

A Teaching Artist’s Companion: How to Define and Develop Your Practice (Oxford University Press, 2019) is a how-to reference for veteran and beginning teaching artists alike. Artist-educator Daniel Levy has been working in classrooms, homeless shelters and correctional facilities for over thirty years. With humor and hard-won insight, Levy and a variety of contributing teaching artists (Dance, Theater, Visual Art, Music) narrate their successes and failures while focusing on the practical mechanics of working within conditions of limited time and resources.

Levy organizes teaching artist practice within a framework of View, Design, and Respond. View is everything you value and believe about teaching and learning; Design is what you plan before you go into a classroom; Respond is how you react to and support your students face to face. With the aid of checklists, worksheets, and primary sources, A Teaching Artist’s Companion invites you to define your own unique view, and guides your observing, critiquing, and shaping your practice over time.

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Daniel Levy is a composer and working musician in New York City whose work includes scores for plays, musicals, opera, and film. His full-length music-theater works include The Singing (Richard Rodgers Award), Laughing Pictures (Fordham Lincoln Center), Jungle Book (Imagination Stage), Cinderella (off-bway), and an operatic version of Ray Bradbury’s Martian Chronicles (Ars Nova, and Miami University). A leader in urban teaching artistry and arts program design, he has partnered with numerous arts-in-education institutions, including the 92nd Street Y, The Little Orchestra Society, Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Opera Guild, Lincoln Center Education, and Project Music Heals Us. www.daniellevymusic.com