Freeing Ourselves of Music Theory and Notation: Classical vs. Popular Styles

Who says you can't play an E chord in the key of C? Bach maybe? Who decides what sounds good? Bach, perhaps again. We often forget that music theory for any genre of music comes after some famous people already figured it out themselves. Those musicians did what sounded good and a bunch of people … Continue reading Freeing Ourselves of Music Theory and Notation: Classical vs. Popular Styles

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Holiday Book Giveaway in Celebration of the Release of Rock Coach

It’s contest time again music teachers! Throughout the month of December, I will be giving away four signed copies of my book, “Rock Coach: A Practical Guide for Teaching Rock Bands in Schools.” If you would like the chance to win a free, signed copy of the book you must enter by using your Facebook … Continue reading Holiday Book Giveaway in Celebration of the Release of Rock Coach

8 Ways to Simplify Rock Tunes for Your Students

Making rock music sound authentic with your student rock group can be difficult, but it doesn't have to be. Here are some ways to simplify your rock tunes for your kids while still keeping the integrity of the song and the sound intact: Use simple versions of the main open chords for guitar. Don't use … Continue reading 8 Ways to Simplify Rock Tunes for Your Students

Rock Coach: A Practical Guide for Teaching Rock Bands in Schools is Now Available!

I am very pleased to announce the long-awaited launch of my first book designed for music teachers. Everything in it is made to be as practical as possible so that you can implement any of this in your classroom easily and effectively! Here is the write-up from the back of the book:  "Have you ever … Continue reading Rock Coach: A Practical Guide for Teaching Rock Bands in Schools is Now Available!

Self-publishing a Music Teacher Education Book from the Editing Stage to the Proofing Stage

Back in July of this year, I posted about my adventures with writing and self-publishing a music teacher education book up to the editing stage in hopes to help you start your book endeavor or to make things easier for you when you do decide to begin. This time I am going to be sharing with … Continue reading Self-publishing a Music Teacher Education Book from the Editing Stage to the Proofing Stage