5 Reasons Why You Should Start a Rock Band at Your School (Part 1)

Teaching rock bands in schools is a passion of mine. The kids really gravitate to it and can really impress me. They blow me away at every concert. The following is an excerpt from my soon-to-be published book called "Rock Coach" where I take you through how to set up and successfully teach a rock … Continue reading 5 Reasons Why You Should Start a Rock Band at Your School (Part 1)

Presenting at RESONATE 2017 in Newfoundland

I was asked to do this a while ago but I just can't hold it in any longer!! At the end of October I will be travelling to St. John's, Newfoundland to deliver not one, not two, not even three, but four workshops at RESONATE 2017! Not only am I presenting a¬†workshop on Rock Bands … Continue reading Presenting at RESONATE 2017 in Newfoundland

How to Play the Didgeridoo in 6 Steps

I know you all want to learn to play the didgeridoo, and I know your kids do too. In this week's post, is an updated version of the instructional guide from the World Music Unit on the site. It is used as a culminating activity for the entire unit where we make our own didgeridoos out of empty paper towel rolls and masking tape. After we paint them, we learn how to play them. You can make a pretty good one out of PVC pipe that will last much longer. Your most difficult task will be the circular breathing but some kids will get it pretty quick. Here is how I teach kids to play the didgeridoo.

What to Expect for Your First Music Teacher Job Interview

As my wife is at home stressing about her job interview in the morning, I was inspired to write this post about preparing for a job interview in the teaching profession. More specifically, music teaching job interviews. It is that time of year when soon-to-be music teachers all around the world are looking for their … Continue reading What to Expect for Your First Music Teacher Job Interview

Writing and Self-Publishing a Music Teacher Education Book up to the Editing Stage

1. Types of publishing There are 3 main types of publishing: Traditional Publishing, Vanity Publishing, and Self-Publishing. Traditional publishing is when an author sends their manuscript to a big publishing house like Penguin Books or Scholastic and they decide whether your manuscript is worth publishing for them. Oxford University Press is a common publishing house … Continue reading Writing and Self-Publishing a Music Teacher Education Book up to the Editing Stage