How to Set Up and Run Your First Sound System for Live or From-Source Sound: Music Teacher Edition

If you've taught any music in public school, you know that running a sound board is expected of you even if you have no idea how to run one. It isn't taught in our music education degree, and there are usually no courses that help us understand it. This means that we are usually left … Continue reading How to Set Up and Run Your First Sound System for Live or From-Source Sound: Music Teacher Edition

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How to Include and Engage Horn Players in Your School Rock/Popular Ensemble

So you have a small class with mostly horns but a couple of kids play guitar and drums, or a group with lots of rhythm players and a couple of horns. You think "It would be really cool to get a rock group going or some type of horn band or at least try to … Continue reading How to Include and Engage Horn Players in Your School Rock/Popular Ensemble

5 More Reasons to Start a Rock Group at Your School (Part 2)

In this post, I have included five more reasons to start a rock band at your school. This a sequel post to one from back in 2017 called, 5 Reasons Why You Should Start a Rock Band at Your School (Part 1). All 10, as well as others, are included in Chapter 1 of my book … Continue reading 5 More Reasons to Start a Rock Group at Your School (Part 2)

The Pathways to Lifelong Music Making: Classical vs. Popular Styles

Ask a former concert band learner if they still play their instrument after high school. Chances are 80–90% of them will tell you that they don't play anymore. Of that 10–20% that do, half of them are likely studying music in university and the other half have found a community group to play with. Ask … Continue reading The Pathways to Lifelong Music Making: Classical vs. Popular Styles

Holiday Book Giveaway in Celebration of the Release of Rock Coach

It’s contest time again music teachers! Throughout the month of December, I will be giving away four signed copies of my book, “Rock Coach: A Practical Guide for Teaching Rock Bands in Schools.” If you would like the chance to win a free, signed copy of the book you must enter by using your Facebook … Continue reading Holiday Book Giveaway in Celebration of the Release of Rock Coach