Should we Learn by Ear Instead? Ear Training vs. Learning by Ear

Music teachers often understand and agree that a "good ear" is important to learning music, and helps to contribute to the overall skill of musicianship. This is why classical music programs, and many formal approaches to music education focus a portion of their time and energy on the concept of "Ear Training." However, the way … Continue reading Should we Learn by Ear Instead? Ear Training vs. Learning by Ear

How to do a Virtual Book Launch

For my first book, I did a live book release in my home town. It was fun but my books are very 'nichy' and my true market for this book was only about 60 people in my home province as it was marketed to in-service music teachers. I thought, is there a way to release my book to the world and let everyone come without having to worry about being there? That way I can extend my reach to as many people within my market as possible. Then I did some research, and at the time it seemed like a few self-published authors were attempting to do a virtual book releases. I stumbled across this video, and it gave me the inspiration I needed:

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