New Drum Set? How to Assemble Your Kit Straight Out of the Box(es)

Now, of course, you just ordered all the pieces for your drum kit but what they never taught you in school is: how to assemble a drum kit from the box. It is one of the few things in life that do not come with an instruction manual. The manufacturers just assume that you already know what you're doing, which is odd. Don't worry, here are picture instructions that take you through the journey of assembling your kit for the first time:

8 Ways to Simplify Rock Tunes for Your Students

Making rock music sound authentic with your student rock group can be difficult, but it doesn't have to be. Here are some ways to simplify your rock tunes for your kids while still keeping the integrity of the song and the sound intact: Use simple versions of the main open chords for guitar. Don't use … Continue reading 8 Ways to Simplify Rock Tunes for Your Students

How to Teach Classroom Guitar in an Authentic Way

Every year I execute this Guitar Unit with my kids at school. It is designed to get them reading a little bit and learning some chords too. This year, I focused more on chord progressions and playing songs with the entire class than I did individual skills. We did not touch the books near as … Continue reading How to Teach Classroom Guitar in an Authentic Way

Inspiring Kids and Workshopping a Rock Band

The PEI Jazz and Blues Festival School Tour, headed by Andrew Waite and The Firm, was a huge success at Montague Consolidated School. ¬†We have never hosted the tour before and I am incredibly happy that we did. The band members were great with the audience and included the kids as much as possible. They … Continue reading Inspiring Kids and Workshopping a Rock Band