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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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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Starting this fall, I have replaced the outdated CRT television and DVD/VCR combo machine in my room with a 60-inch HD flatscreen TV and Apple TV.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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Melodyne - It's a Kind of Magic

Posted on June 28, 2015 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

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Seven years ago, I left the beaten path of the 30-year high school band director career and took on a job as a band and strings teacher at a small performing arts program attached to a cyber charter school. My passion for music and my love of technology found a marriage at this sc...

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ABC - I Want You Back A Cappella Mashup

Posted on April 13, 2015 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

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This slideshow video accompanies my latest home recording endeavor. I was commissioned to write this mashup for a high school a cappella group and thought it was a good candidate to try to multi-track record. I have learned a lot more about music prod...

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High School Music Production Class Produces Second Holiday Album

Posted on January 30, 2015 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Yes, I'm late to the party with this, but having resumed regular blogging in 2015, I am announcing this now. My advanced students in Digital Music Composition produced and released their second album of holiday/winter-themed material. All arranging, recording, editing, and mixing was done by the students themselves, with me trying out my chops at iso...

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JamKazam May Have Applications For Secondary School Music Programs

Posted on January 20, 2015 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

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Recently, the alto from my a cappella group discovered JamKazam, an online platform claiming to allow musicians to perform together over the internet in realtime. This, quite honestly, is one of those "Holy Grail" kind of technology advancements that can change the way musicians of all kinds use the internet, so na...

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Music Teachers Making A Second Income With Online Lessons

Posted on January 8, 2015 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)

When I took my current teaching job at a cyber charter school, I accepted many fringe benefits (more flexibility, occasionally working from home) and also gave up some benefits (a competitve salary, teachers unions). I no longer was directing a marching band program, which obviously freed up a lot of my after-school time, but I also lost the extra-duty stipend that went along with that position. Having a teaching income ...
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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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