Dr. Atara Isaacson

Teacher Education Program in Music
Isaacson Atara
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Dr. Atara (Gozali) Isaacson is a musicologist, expert in Nineteen-Century music, has a special interest in vocal genres, piano music and research into the aesthetics of the Romantic Era. She is a graduate (BA) from Rubin Academy of Music and Dance (1985) in Piano and Music Ed.; (MA) of Hunter College - City University of New York (1991). As a student in the Doctoral Fellowship of Excellence Program at Bar Ilan University, Israel, she earned her Ph.D. (2007) researching the cantabile in romantic piano concerti with emphasis on Schumann, Liszt, and Brahms.


Dr. Isaacson has extensive experience as a lecturer and teacher of music and pedagogy: she headed the Music Department at the Reut School of Arts, Haifa (1996-2002), and has guided teachers in the following: Alternative Teaching Methods, Classroom management, discipline problems, constructivism and Methodology of Education. She is currently a lecturer in history of music in the Department of Music at Bar Ilan University, and serves as the head of the teaching Education program in music at the School of Education.



BOOKS (Editor)

Isaacson, A. (Ed.) (2009). Strauss, Batia. Guide to the Orchestra. 2nd Internet Edition,  [http://www.box.net/shared/boa2z1ao8g]  [Hebrew]


Isaacson, A. (2012). Chapter 5: The Romantic Era, in The History of Music from the Middle Ages till the 20th Century. J. Cohen (Ed.) Ramat Aviv, Center of Educational Technology, 155-198 [Hebrew]



1.  Isaacson, A. (2008). Cantabile in Schumann’s Piano Concerto (Op. 54). Min-Ad: Israel Studies in Musicology Online, Vol. 6, 1-24 [Hebrew]


2. Isaacson, A., (2010). A Singing Voice in Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat, Journal of the American Liszt Society, Vol. LIX-LX, 150-67


3. Isaacson, A., (2010). Defining the Ideal Teacher: Productive Dialogue in Schools in Israel, Educational Practice and  Theory, Vol. 32, No. 2, 57-85


4. Isaacson, A. (2012). Re-composition of a Tune: The Pathetic and the Resurrection in Israeli Songs. Criticism and Interpretation: Journal for Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Culture, Vol. 44, 361-392 [Hebrew]


5 . Isaacson, A. (2012). Moshe Wilensky's 'Yemenite' Songs: Are They Truely Yemenite? Cathedra, Vol. 145, 121-146  [Hebrew]


6.  Isaacson, A., (2012). Norma - a Multi Faceted Persona, European Review of Artistic Studies, Vol. 3, n.4, 1-39, ISSN 1647-3558 http://www.eras.utad.pt/revista_estudos_musicais.html

Non Refereed Publications

1.      Isaacson, A. (2011). From the Conservatory in Warsaw to the of Vineyards of  Yemen", Faces: the song is in our soul, Vols. 52-53, 128-138 [Hebrew]

2.      Isaacson, A. (Ed.) (2009). Strauss, Batia. Guide to the Orchestra. 2nd Internet Edition,  [http://www.box.net/shared/boa2z1ao8g]  [Hebrew]

3. Isaacson, Atara. (2008). Holistic Music Education in an Arts Junior-High School. The Conference: Advancing Children through the Arts, Bar Ilan University, 12-13


4.      Isaacson, A. (2008). The Status of Arts Studies in Teaching Training programs. Mofet, Vol. 32, 14-15 [Hebrew]


5.      Isaacson, A. (2002). About Books: Sight and Sound - Teaching Music for Young children, Mafteach - Journal for Music Teachers, Ministry of Education, Jerusalem, 162-164  [Hebrew]


6.      Isaacson, A. (1998). Music – Interactive Discipline, Opinions: Journal of  Teaching and Education, Vol. 4, 72   [Hebrew]



History of Western Music 2 (Baroque & Calssic Era)

History of Western Music 3 (Romantic Era)

Issues in teaching History of Music for High school

Romantic Opera: French & Italy

Navigation in the Classroom & Discipline Problems

Methodology of teaching 

Music in Schools

Minor (Demo) Teaching

Practical Work in Schools



1. Alternative Teaching Methods, Navigation in the Classroom, Discipline Problems, Teacher- Student Realationship, Methodology of Education

2. Nineteen-Century music, aesthetics of the Romantic Era, vocal genres & piano music

3. Music Education

4. Israeli Song

2012 - Member in the Dostrovsky forum for improving music in Israel

2004 - Towards a Concert in Haifa Symphony Orchestra: Bach, Dvorak and Bartok

1998 - concert of Reut art school choir with The Haifa Symphony "La Boheme", "Carmen", "The Magic Flute"

1994 - premiere of "Morning song" by Avishai Yaar in the Israeli workshop for Children Choirs, Tel aviv Museum (Recorded Live for Kol Hamusika")






Title of Conference

Subject of Lecture


Dan Panorama Hotel - Tel Aviv

100 Years of Research, Innovation and Discourse in Education, Teacher Education and Music Education

1.  Batia Strauss – Musician and Educator

2. Between Teacher and student - The 10 Commandments for a Dialogue

3. Different Methods for Teaching History of Music in High School


Bar Ilan University

Seminar for high School Teachers – The Supervision of the Ministry of Education

How to Open a Music History Lesson?


Bar Ilan University

The Music Department Colloquium

Norma - a Multi Faceted Persona


Bar Ilan University

"Who am I? An Israeli Song"  No. 8

Wilensky's 'Yemenite' Songs: Are They Yemenite?


Bar Ilan University

School of Education Colloquium

Navigation in the Classroom - Challenges and Solutions


Ashkelon academic College

"Who am I? An Israeli Song"  No. 6

Re-composition of a tune: The Pathetic and the Resurrection in Israeli songs


Levinsky College

Continuing Education Program for Music Teachers

Active Listening


Gordon Academic College

Bar Ilan University: Department of Teacher Education

Faculty Seminar

Chopin – The Poet of Pianists


Bar Ilan University

The Music Department Colloquium

Cantabile in the Romantic Piano Concerto