The Flute is Not a Woodwind Instrument: Re-imagining and Challenging the Western Instrument Families

Ever wonder why flute is still a woodwind after all these years of, you know, not being made out of wood? And have you ever thought about how Eurocentric and "White" the 4 instrument families are? I've always had an issue with the "Traditional Four," as I will call it. It just didn't feel right to me. For me, it was always something about piano being percussion and not strings, the avoidance of an electronic family, and the flute fiasco? Of course, they were primarily invented to describe the instrument families of the Western European orchestra, which is part of the issue. It is problematic, at best, to lump all instruments on the entire planet into the Traditional Four designed to describe the epitome of Western European Music.

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

Phase 3: Ideas and Strategies for Marketing and Promoting a Self-Published Music Teacher Education Book

This post is the third in a series of posts on my journey with self-publishing. Read Part 1 and Part 2. Marketing and Promoting Your Book! The first need-to-know about marketing and promotion is this: It never ends! I was waiting until this phase of the process was "over" before I started writing about it … Continue reading Phase 3: Ideas and Strategies for Marketing and Promoting a Self-Published Music Teacher Education Book

Self-publishing a Music Teacher Education Book from the Editing Stage to the Proofing Stage

This is the second in a 3-part series about self-publishing. Here is Part 1 and 3. Back in July of this year, I posted about my adventures with writing and self-publishing a music teacher education book up to the editing stage in hopes to help you start your book endeavor or to make things easier for … Continue reading Self-publishing a Music Teacher Education Book from the Editing Stage to the Proofing Stage

Writing and Self-Publishing a Music Teacher Education Book up to the Editing Stage

This post is the first in a series of posts about my journey with self-publishing. Here are Parts 2 and 3. 1. Types of publishingThere 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 … Continue reading Writing and Self-Publishing a Music Teacher Education Book up to the Editing Stage