Reviews of Concerts and Events
Event Review: Jazz Education Network 2nd Annual Conference (January 2011) - A live blog of the events at the conference in New Orleans.
Event Review: METOS: Music Education and Technology Online Summit (October 2010) - This event will be covered in a live blog on my website as it occurs on Monday, October 11, 2010. Visit http://www.metosonline.com/ for more information.
Recording Review: Frank Battisti - "If Only I Had Less Rehearsal Time" TMEA 2001 (June 2010) - It's time for music education as a profession to put aside being a "band director" or "choir director" and start being a "music teacher" who uses a band, choir, orchestra, or electronic music as the medium by which their students learn to create, perform, explore and love music for all the wonder that it is. I highly encourage you to listen to all eight parts of this lecture in order. The time has come for the vision Mr. Battisti describes to take shape. Please share these recordings far and wide. Read more
Concert Review: Life is What You Make It - a Concert and Conversation with Peter Buffet (April 2010) - "Develop your own sound. Break from the crowd. Find your own path.Do what you are passionate about and the rest will follow." Billionaire invester Warren Buffett gave each of his children this philosophy and a million dollars upon their graduation from high school to make their way in the world. His youngest son, Peter Buffett, lived with this mindset every day of his youth and just assumed that's the way the rest of the world thought. He soon found this to be an exception to the rule as he pursued his life-long love of playing the piano and expressing himself through music composition. Read more
Event Review: PMEA In-Service Conference 2010 (April 2010) - a Cover It Live feed of live coverage from the PMEA Annual In-Service Conference in Pittsburgh, PA April 22-24, 2010. I served as a chaperone for the PMEA All-State Orchestra throughout the conference, and the experience of being involved with the All-State Festival from the inside out was definitely more than I bargained for! Check out the great tweets from other music educators and music ed undergrads attending the conference. Read more
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