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Best of the Best of the University Presses Showcase (video)

KUOW Presents: Bonnie Blanchard: Be Your Own Teacher (audio)



THE "Best of the Best of the University Presses" Showcased

Original Live Broadcast on BookTV, June 27, 2010, 1:30 PM (ET)
Watch it online here.


“This is an excellent book for any aspiring musician (and the parent). It contains practical advice, for practicing, preparing for a performance, and basic music theory. Part of the music for life series, this book can help anyone become hooked on music!”

—Hilary Albert (PLA)

NEW YORK (June 24, 2010)—The 20th edition of University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries is now available in print and online here.

On June 27 at 1:30 PM, the librarian selectors will have a chance to present their favorite titles from the 2010 selections at a session of the American Library Association meeting in Washington, DC.

The event, “The Best of the Best of the University Presses: Books You Should Know About,” will be broadcast live by C-SPAN’s BookTV.

Many books and reference works from scholarly publishers are valued far beyond the walls of any ivory tower. They can be the building blocks of learning and growing for high-school students, general readers, independent researchers, and involved citizens. The librarians of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and the Public Library Association (PLA) recognize this, and for 20 years have worked with AAUP to create this popular and trusted collection development resource for their colleagues. University Press Books presents short descriptions of each selected title, key bibliographic data, and ratings from AASL and PLA librarians.

In 2010, 18 librarians who work daily with high school students and the general public have selected, reviewed, and rated close to 400 books published in the last year by nonprofit scholarly publishers. Covering sexy prom dresses such diverse subjects as mothering, birds and mammals, Supreme Court decisions, ice cream, the cosmos, and a history of the US outpost at Guantánamo, these books present lively scholarship to match any interest.

At the June 27 ALA panel, 6 librarians from the AASL and PLA selection committees will present 20 of their favorite titles from the bibliography. By providing a public forum, this annual session increases awareness and use of the bibliography in collection planning. A complete list of the titles to be presented can be found here.



KUOW PRESENTS Bonnie Blanchard: Be Your Own Teacher
(Dave Beck)

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You never know where the next great talent is going to come from. Bonnie Blanchard is a Seattle flutist, flute teacher and author of books on music education. She grew up in Anacortes, Washington. When she was a little girl Bonnie begged her parents for music lessons. They signed her up for piano lessons with the neighbor lady. But things did not get off to a good start.

Bonnie Blanchard talks with KUOW's Dave Beck about how she helps her students become their own teacher.



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What is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music?

A NCTM is a member of the Music Teachers National Association. The following is from the MTNA Web site:

The mission of Music Teachers National Association is to advance the value of music study and music making to society and to support the professionalism of music teachers. The Professional Certification Program exists to improve the level of professionalism within the field of applied music teaching and helps the public readily identify competent music teachers in their communities. It signifies commitment to continued excellence in professional practice. In addition, it increases visibility, builds credibility, provides a goal for personal professional achievement and validates expertise for the individual and to those outside the field.

The program is based upon a set of five standards defining what a competent music teacher should know and be able to do:

Standard I:
Professional Preparation

Standard II:
Professional Teaching Practices

Standard III:
Professional Business Management

Standard IV:
Professionalism and Partnerships

Standard V: Professional and Personal Renewal

To me, being a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music means that I have a commitment to teaching and learning and strive to help other music teachers attain high standards for themselves and their students and the respect our profession deserves.