5 More Reasons to Start a Rock Group at Your School (Part 2)

In this post, I have included five more reasons to start a rock band at your school. This a sequel post to one from back in 2017 called, 5 Reasons Why You Should Start a Rock Band at Your School (Part 1). All 10, as well as others, are included in Chapter 1 of my book … Continue reading 5 More Reasons to Start a Rock Group at Your School (Part 2)

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The Art of By-Ear-Learning: Classical vs. Popular Styles

During our classical music degrees we were challenged with sight-singing, ear training, and transcription projects that were seemingly unrelated to the rest of our degree. "Ear Training" was a separate course and usually only done in that class—in complete isolation from everything else. Yes, our "ears" did improve with that course because it helped us … Continue reading The Art of By-Ear-Learning: Classical vs. Popular Styles

The Pathways to Lifelong Music Making: Classical vs. Popular Styles

Ask a former concert band learner if they still play their instrument after high school. Chances are 80–90% of them will tell you that they don't play anymore. Of that 10–20% that do, half of them are likely studying music in university and the other half have found a community group to play with. Ask … Continue reading The Pathways to Lifelong Music Making: Classical vs. Popular Styles

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

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