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In Music Education, Longevity Matters

Posted on September 29, 2016 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (3)

As of this writing, I am entering my nineteenth year as an American public school music educator. My career has taken many unexpected twists and turns, leading me to teach in four different school districts. In my current setting, I teach sixth through twelfth grade band and strings for a small performing and fine arts program attached to a cyber charter school. It is ...

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Why Your Child Should Start Learning an Instrument

Posted on August 29, 2016 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (0)


There may be a reason why musos think they have it all. Studies show that adults with some childhood musical experience perform better on selected cognitive tests than adults who had never studied music, and this advantage seems to become more prominent as we age.

 

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5 Steps to Creating a Cool Music Video on a Tight Budget

Posted on July 18, 2016 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)


Creating good music videos is not an easy thing to do. Making videos on a low budget is even more difficult. One thing remains, no matter how big your budget is – the process of making music videos is always the same. When starting to work in this field, a person needs to learn to get the most out of the ...

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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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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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Meeting Multiple Musical Goals Via Recording Projects

Posted on August 14, 2015 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Meeting Multiple Musical Goals Via Recording Projects

This recorded performance meets multiple goals of mine. First of all, from a music teacher perspective, this short prelude by Classical era composer Muzio Clementi was originally published in his book Introduction to the Art of Playing on the Pianoforte in the late 18th century. As ...

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Back to School Savings for Online Music Lessons

Posted on August 13, 2015 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Back to School Savings for Online Music Lessons

It's that time of year again. Since 2008, I have been teaching private music lessons online, and every August, I offer a special deal for band, orchestra, vocal, piano, theory, and composition students who are getting ready to start their schoo...

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The Importance of Community Music Organizations in Our Culture

Posted on August 8, 2015 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

The Importance of Community Music Organizations in Our Culture

America is blessed with a rich tradition of music performing ensembles in our public schools. That connection goes all the way back to colonial singing schools and to 19th century military bands and drum and bugle corps. Many American children grew ...

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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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