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A Beginner's Guide to Becoming an Online Album Reviewer

Posted on May 31, 2016 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)



I’d like to thank Thomas J. West for sharing this information with his great readers. His blog is a great resource within the industry and there are a lot of great resources such as this piece on finding a music career for your personality type...

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Harness the Power of the Online Learning Community at Musical U

Posted on February 12, 2016 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I haven't done a review article in about 3 years, but this was a great opportunity that I couldn't pass up. Musical U is an online music theory and ear training website that contains learning and practice materials as well as a vibrant learning community of professional and amateur musicians. The site is designed with the self-taught amateur musician in mind, bu...
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Play The Star-Spangled Banner This Independence Day

Posted on July 4, 2015 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

To celebrate American Independence Day this year, I created this recording of myself playing our National Anthem on piano. This is a straightforward arrangement of this well-known song by Willard A. Palmer for the Alfred Basic Adult Piano Course books. My piano skills are certainly still developing and are going to be a main focus of my professional development in the coming school year.

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Free-Scores Announces Third Annual Composition Contest

Posted on January 18, 2015 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

As a composer, I have found French website Free-Scores to be a valuable place to get exposure for my work. With a global page ranking at the time of this article of less than 35,000, it is a place for composers of all kinds of music at a...

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Videoverse Is A Fantastic Educational Resource For Jazz Music

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


There is no question that YouTube is a fantastic educational resource for teachers of all kinds. I used YouTube to show my students primary source performances by jazz legends Louie Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and Chick Corea in the past. The drawback to YouTube, of course, is that videos have to be screened carefully for student use and many student computers do not have access to YouTube. The advertising ...
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Professional Development Opportunities At Smart Music's Summer Workshops

Posted on June 16, 2014 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (0)

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Smart Music has been a valuable tool in my music room, especially for assessing instrumental students' technical accuracy. In these days of high-stakes t...

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Attend The Virtual Music Education Conference 2014

Posted on May 20, 2014 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)


My friends at The Fun Music Company are gearing up again for their second Virtual Music Education Conference, bringing together some of the most interesting and influential minds in music educaiton, including "the singing astronaut" Colonel Chris Hadfield and ja...

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Avoiding Repetitive Strain Injury For Musicians

Posted on August 12, 2013 at 6:35 AM Comments comments (0)


For anyone who has taken the time to become proficient at a musical instrument (a process that takes on average about 10 years), there has been a point in their experience where they experienced some kind of physical discomfort from repeating musical phrases over and over. Some of this discomfort is the process of building the muscle support necessary to perform the musical task, but overuse of the body ca...
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Considering Starting Your Master's Degree? Try The Open Education Database

Posted on August 9, 2013 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

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For most teachers with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education, it isn't very long into the profession before many of us are looking to go back to school to obtain a Master's Degree. The benefits to the advanced degree are mostly financial in nature, but going back to school and finding time to fit graduate work ...
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