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Quote of the Day: Keller - Life is Either a Daring Adventure or Nothing

Posted on August 8, 2015 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Quote of the Day: Keller - Life is Either a Daring Adventure or Nothing

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Quote Of The Day: Beethoven - To Play Without Passion Is Inexcusable

Posted on May 6, 2015 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable. - Beethoven

This week, I was in the audience for a middle school choral concert at another school. The selections performed with pedagogically sound, technically appropriate for the students' skill levels, and entertaining for both the students and the general audience. The pieces were well-rehearsed and perforne...

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Quote Of The Day: Thompson - Music Itself Is Not Going To Let You Down

Posted on January 23, 2015 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Virgil Thompson Quote - Lifehack Quotes

"Music never lets you down" is a truth in my life. There is always solace in listening to music. It provides me with just about everything I ever need beyond basic sustinence. I may have regretted becoming an engineer if I had stuck with my original undergraduate program. I do not regret switching to mus...

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Quote Of The Day: Lincoln "Whatever You Are, Be A Good One"

Posted on January 15, 2015 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (0)

As a band director, a musician, and a teacher, the drive for excellence is something that I teach to my students and strive for in my own life. That quest for excellence can be summed up very succinctly by the famous Abraham Lincoln quote:

"Whatever you are, be a good one."

Being good at something, truly good at it, requires a certain amount of aptitude an...

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Quote Of The Day: Bernstein "To Achieve Great Things"

Posted on July 18, 2013 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Given the nature of my work that culminates this weekend for the VoCALnation festival, today's quote is quite appropos.

Quote Of The Day: Einstein "The True Sign Of Intelligence"

Posted on May 7, 2013 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (0)


It's May and I find myself out of energy and looking forward to summer break. During my morning commute, which involves a 40-minute bus ride and a mile walk, I was commiserating with other teachers via Twitter on how difficult this part of the school year is - a month left to go with all of its culminating activities, and quite simply no energy left to implement them. My own wife and chil...

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Quote Of The Day: Wright "Go Wholeheartedly Into Anything"

Posted on April 20, 2013 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)


Returning to my Quote of the Day series, here is a quote that resonates with me as a truth in my own life. From master architecht Frank Lloyd Wright:

"You have to go wholeheartedly into anything in order to achieve anything worth having."

This quote comes on the heels of reading an article in the newsletter of

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Quote Of The Day: Erving "Being A Professional"

Posted on June 28, 2012 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Today's quote come by way of innovator Daniel Pink:

“Being a professional is doing the things you love to do — even on the days you don’t feel like doing it.” - Julius Erving

The trick is to find a profession that you love and don't mind doing on the days when you just not in the mood. I figured out early in my college c...

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Musical Thoughts by Brian Wis

Posted on June 11, 2012 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)

My blog has been quiet of late, as this school year has taken its toll on my spare time and unfortunately on my psyche. I can honestly say that the end of this school year, year 13 in the profession for me, is the first time that I really feel "burnt out" completely. For those that know me personally, they know that this is a pretty monumental statement. I've "done it all" for so long and took it all in stride, ...

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Quote Of The Day: Ford "Obstacles Are Those Frightful Things"

Posted on April 4, 2012 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Henry Ford was, by his own admission, a person of average intelligence who surrounded himself with brilliant people capable of making his vision come to life. Today's quote comes from this industrial pioneer:

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.


Our attitudes and beliefs have so much t...

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