Coaching a Popular Music Ensemble is a comprehensive guide for the music teacher striving to meet the changing needs of their students, the university music educator examining our current music education paradigm, and the novice band director trying to expand their school’s music program. Using his experiences as a Memphis musician and educator, Holley created a one-of-a-kind, award-winning music program that was learner-focused. The book first addresses the what and why of popular music education (PME) before expanding on the concept of how to go about including elements of PME in a music program. This innovative book details the approaches and methods used by Holley as he coached and developed young musicians into world-touring artists. Some of the concepts include the roles of the musicians in a popular music ensemble, explanations of a variety of rehearsal techniques, and how to go about creating a leaner-center rehearsal environment. Whether the goal of music education is to produce more professional musicians or nurture more musical professionals, this book will help you and your students achieve that goal.
"Engaging, insightful and directly linked to practice, this book makes a fantastic contribution to innovative pedagogy and will support the incorporation of popular music not only for higher education professors but for many working with younger students, too." ~ Lucy Green, noted pedagogue and author of How Popular Musicians Learn: A Way Ahead For Music Education
"A long overdue contribution to the conversation about how to teach popular music in K-12 settings. The book comprehensively covers the topic through a combination of music education theory and practically based suggestions gleaned from Steve’s many years as a popular music facilitator. This book is a must have for teachers interested in starting their own pop program, for pre-service music educators, and for professors who train young music educators heading off into the field." ~ Judy Lewis, Assistant Professor – Music Teaching and Learning, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
“I have watched and enjoyed Steve’s approach to non-traditional music education over a long period of time, and he is certainly the right man to write this book. It takes a wide array of skills and the ability to translate the nuances of that particular style to teach this music. This book will help the band director develop those skills.” ~ Paul McKinney, Music Director/Jazz Studies Coordinator – The Stax Music Academy, Memphis, TN
“What Steve Holley has done is capture the important elements of coaching a popular music ensemble in an easily accessible text that anyone can connect and learn from. This book is relevant for the expert and the beginner, and opens up the discussion not just content, but more importantly diverse ways for facilitating and sharing.” ~ Jarritt Sheel, Assistant Professor – Music Education, Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA
“From chapters discussing the ethos of popular music education and its relationship with other areas of practice, to chapters that provide specific ways to assist and engage with instrumentalists, this book sets forth a range of highly valuable information and ideas that will make it a valuable addition to the toolkit of any teacher who wants to be involved in popular music education.” ~ Zack Moir, Lecturer in Music & Director, Applied Music Research Centre – Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland