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Nate and Helen's new book cover If you are looking to decolonize your music room or provide a richer musical experience for your learners, “Listen & Celebrate: Activities to Enrich and Diversify Primary Music” by Nathan Holder and Helen MacGregor is a must-have. The days where learners study the “great classical composers” as the default … Continue reading Book Review – “Listen & Celebrate” by Nate Holder and Helen MacGregor
Contrary to popular belief, I enjoy coaching large ensembles. These groups are really good at facilitating the practice of reading European staff notation, but something these ensembles have historically not been good at is facilitating the practice of learning by ear, arranging, and composition. I know, ear training is part of the training, but ear … Continue reading A Learning by Ear and Transcription Project for Intermediate Band
This is an adapted draft of a chapter section that has been accepted for publication by Oxford University Press in the forthcoming book Technology for Unleashing Creativity by Steve Giddings due for publication in 2022. Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math, or STEAM, is an approach to education that prioritizes cross-curricular learning with the five … Continue reading STEAM in Music Class with Coding
I’ve discovered a few things along the way that have helped me immensely in overcoming my fear of improvising to help me to “let go” and just play. These are either ideas for when you are improvising, soloing, or composing or just some really good things to know. They will work with your learners, too: