Presenting at the International Music Education Summit in June 2018

Hey, so I've been asked to present at the 2018 International Music Education Summit to be held June 14 - 16 on a screen near you. It is a 100% online, 3-day music education conference geared toward you—the music educator who wants to go to an amazing international conference but can't due to time, money, and … Continue reading Presenting at the International Music Education Summit in June 2018

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How to Include and Engage Horn Players in Your School Rock/Popular Ensemble

So you have a small class with mostly horns but a couple of kids play guitar and drums, or a group with lots of rhythm players and a couple of horns. You think "It would be really cool to get a rock group going or some type of horn band or at least try to … Continue reading How to Include and Engage Horn Players in Your School Rock/Popular Ensemble

Do You Let Your Learners Write in the Notes?

I used to not let my students write in the note-names on their recorder sheet music. I thought, "if they write in the note names, they aren't going to really practice reading the notes at all." I preached this to the students and made sure they didn't do it. Recently, I had a conversation with … Continue reading Do You Let Your Learners Write in the Notes?

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)

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