21 Things I Learned From Teaching Full Time While Touring With a Rock Group

I originally wrote this back in 2012 when my ska-rock band, The Sidewalks, were actively gigging and touring eastern and central Canada but never published it. Much of the observations and "advice" here is very tongue-in-cheek but may help you in your decision to pursue this or not. Or maybe you are already doing it! … Continue reading 21 Things I Learned From Teaching Full Time While Touring With a Rock Group

How to Get YOUR Students Transcribing Melodies BY EAR by The End of Grade 3 (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of a 2 part series Last time, I gave you a list of activities, materials, and singing games that you would need to do this. Today, I am going to show you what a typical progression of lessons will look like using those activities and games. You will have to refer … Continue reading How to Get YOUR Students Transcribing Melodies BY EAR by The End of Grade 3 (Part 2)

How to Get YOUR Students Transcribing Melodies BY EAR by The End of Grade 3 (Part 1)

This is Part 1 of a 2 part series By the end of grade 3, I want my students writing down diatonic melodies as they hear them, with rhythm and pitch, written on a 5 line staff with clefs, key signatures, and time signatures. Sounds a bit crazy seeing as most of us never really … Continue reading How to Get YOUR Students Transcribing Melodies BY EAR by The End of Grade 3 (Part 1)

Inspiring Kids and Workshopping a Rock Band

The PEI Jazz and Blues Festival School Tour, headed by Andrew Waite and The Firm, was a huge success at Montague Consolidated School. ¬†We have never hosted the tour before and I am incredibly happy that we did. The band members were great with the audience and included the kids as much as possible. They … Continue reading Inspiring Kids and Workshopping a Rock Band