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
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
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!
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