Steve’s Must-Read Music Teacher PD Book List

Must-Read Music Teacher Professional Development Book List These books have a common theme, they promote Informal learning, Non-formal teaching, popular music education, or creativity, and sometimes all four! Rock Coach: A Practical Guide for Teaching Rock Bands in Schools Rock Coach by Steve Giddings Bit of a shameless self plug but seriously, I wouldn't have … Continue reading Steve’s Must-Read Music Teacher PD Book List

Tech Ideas for Creative Musicking

Technology can sometimes complicate things but it can also make things much easier for everyone. I know that getting your learners to be creative and being creative yourself can be a challenge. As classically trained musicians, we tend to over-think improvising and composition but these are not as complex as we make them seem. Here … Continue reading Tech Ideas for Creative Musicking

“Olympic Games” Movement, Art, and Composition Activity for Grades 1 and 2

The Introduction I really enjoy this project with my young learners. We start off the year with it. It gets them listening for form, for steady beat, and gets them moving, arranging, and composing! Using the Olympic Fanfare from Share the Music series I will share with you my process that I use to get … Continue reading “Olympic Games” Movement, Art, and Composition Activity for Grades 1 and 2

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

5 Reasons Why You Should Start a Rock Band at Your School (Part 1)

Teaching rock bands in schools is a passion of mine. The kids really gravitate to it and can really impress me. They blow me away at every concert. The following is an excerpt from my soon-to-be published book called "Rock Coach" where I take you through how to set up and successfully teach a rock … Continue reading 5 Reasons Why You Should Start a Rock Band at Your School (Part 1)