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

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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

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)