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Teaching the 21st Century Musician COMING SOON - K12 Online Conference

Posted on October 24, 2015 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (1)

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I will be one of the presenters for this year's K12 Online Conference, which for 2015 is entitled "Virtually Unstoppable." My 20-minute video presentation will be available online both on K12's YouTube channel and on iTunes during the second week of the conference during the "Beyond the Core: A...

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Blended Learning in Music Education: Incorporating the SAMR Model

Posted on July 30, 2015 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (1)

Blended Learning in Music Education: Incorporating the SAMR Model

 

With the push to modernize and prepare our students for careers that quite literally don't even exist yet, scholastic band, orchestra, and choral directors have a responsibility to incorporate today's technology tools into their curriculum. Many have already ad...

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Blended Learning in the Band Room: Apps and Apple TV

Posted on July 30, 2015 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Blended Learning in the Band Room: Apps and Apple TV

Starting this fall, I have replaced the outdated CRT television and DVD/VCR combo machine in my room with a 60-inch HD flatscreen TV and Apple TV. We also already have a pair of M-Audio studio monitors in the room, which we will be able to mount and then use with any 1/8" jack device for sound. ...

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Blended Learning in the Band Room: Student Assessment

Posted on July 27, 2015 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Blended Learning in the Band Room: Student Assessment

With the push to modernize and prepare our students for careers that quite literally don't even exist yet, scholastic band, orchestra, and choral directors have a responsibility to incorporate today's technology tools into their curriculum. Many have already adopted helpful tools for managing their ...

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Thomas West Joins the Presenters for the 2015 K12 Online Conference

Posted on July 21, 2015 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)
Thomas West Joins the Presenters for the 2015 K12 Online Conference

I am pleased to announce that I will be one of the presenters for this year's K12 Online Conference, which for 2015 is entitled "Virtually ...
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The TeachMusic2Kids Chicken & Froggie Music Learning App Could Be A Game Changer

Posted on August 14, 2014 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)


As I have written previously, the word "talent" is one of the most overused and abused words used to describe people involved in the performing arts and athletics. For most people, the word "talent" implies a God-given gift that enabl...

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Music Production Techniques As A Personalized Professional Development Goal

Posted on November 19, 2013 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (2)

As part of my requirements for professional development as a public school teacher in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, I am completing an individual learning project. I am learning and implementing technical information on music production in an effort to better teach my high school Digital Music Composition students. I chose for one of my projects to be a multi-track recording of myself singing all four parts to one of my father's barbershop quartet arrangements.

 

My dad, ...

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Infographic: The Benefits And Uses Of The iPad In Music Education

Posted on November 6, 2013 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (1)

As a teacher at a cyber charter school, I integrate technology into my on-site music classrooms on a daily basis. I typically use a combination of hardware, software, and web-based tools to assist students in various learning tasks. Technology assists my students to learn:

 

  • Proficiency on a wind, string, or percussion instrument
  • Major and minor scales and arpeggios (both performing them and understanding their music theory)
  • Basic practices for tuning and...
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Don't Miss The Virtual Music Education Conference 2013

Posted on July 29, 2013 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

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There is only one day remaining to register for the amazing array of online professional development courses available as part of the first
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Teaching Four-Part Writing To Secondary Music Students

Posted on April 10, 2013 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

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In a previous article, I described how I use scale and arpeggio performance on the students' primary instruments to teach primary chords and simple melodic writing. In year two of my curriculum, students review melody writing ov...

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