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

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Re-Thinking Music Teacher Education and Classical Music’s Identity Crisis

If every kid were the same, they would all enjoy the same genre of music. Of course, we know that every kid is not the same but if the first sentence seems like it's obvious then why isn't it obvious in music programs around North America? The problem, as I see it, lies in the … Continue reading Re-Thinking Music Teacher Education and Classical Music’s Identity Crisis

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

Rock Coach: A Practical Guide for Teaching Rock Bands in Schools is Now Available!

I am very pleased to announce the long-awaited launch of my first book designed for music teachers. Everything in it is made to be as practical as possible so that you can implement any of this in your classroom easily and effectively! Here is the write-up from the back of the book:  "Have you ever … Continue reading Rock Coach: A Practical Guide for Teaching Rock Bands in Schools is Now Available!

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