Something incredible happened. I was excited. Not in a professional way. Not because I was expected to be excited. Not because I wanted to kiss up to the director. Mr. Maiello simply made our rehearsals fun, passionate, musical, and real. He authentically emanated enthusiasm and optimism. We had been acquainted with the man for less than 5 minutes and we knew that he cared for us and for the music deeply. Not just because he told us, which he did, but because he lived it. It was obvious. . . . → Read More: Score Study or How I Became Inspired
I started this music education blog nearly a year and a half ago primarily to focus my own thoughts about teaching, performance, and music. A secondary goal was to be able to share ideas with other music teachers that I have met on Twitter. There has been an unexpected third result which is the wide reach my blog has had across the world. . . . → Read More: Reaching the World
Welcome to Sound Education and the December 2, 2011 edition of Music Education Blog Carnival.
I encourage you to grab a cup of your favorite hot beverage and spend some time reading through these great blog submissions. If you don’t have time right now, bookmark the site and come back when you do! Thank you . . . → Read More: December Music Education Blog Carnival
This is a very difficult task – coming up with single nominations for the 2011 Edublog Awards. But it seems fun, so I’m playing along.
Best Individual Blog
Dave Wilken’s very informative Blog: Wilktone. Great stuff on composition, brass playing, and jazz. Check it out!
Best Individual Tweeter
Well, there is really no way to name . . . → Read More: Edublog Awards Nominations
I’m pleased to announce that I will be hosting the December edition of the Music Education Blog Carnival here on Sound Education. This is the first opportunity I have had to be on this side of this great tradition and am looking forward reading some fabulous writing! This Blog Carnival . . . → Read More: Music Education Blog Carnival Coming Soon!
In addition to greater music theory content during rehearsal, I’ve introduced my students over the past two school years to music notation software. Last year we used primarily MuseScore for a few small composition assignments. I encouraged the students to download this great freeware program at home so they could experiment with it as well. This year I’ve also included Noteflight Crescendo accounts for all band students. The interfaces are quite different and each has its fans. I honestly don’t care which method they use for writing as long as they are writing. . . . → Read More: Student Band Arrangements
I really enjoy writing. And I dread it.
It can be one of the most enjoyable things for me to do for myself, but I seldom have the requisite time to dedicate to it or toward daily reading. It frustrates me when I don’t have the time to do things correctly. So, I just don’t do them. . . . → Read More: Blogging November
When you’re focused on how long you have to practice, it can become torturous and boring – certainly not musical. Hitz suggested creating a journal that records what is practiced instead of minutes. When you practice because it’s fun and you love making music, time flies by and is spent more effectively. So for this year, I have created a new form – a Weekly Practice Journal. . . . → Read More: Weekly Practice Journal
I’ve recently entered the world of the smart phone with the purchase of my HTC EVO 4G. It is truly incredible what these devices can do and I plan to use it to the full as best I can. In looking for applications to help in music education, I’ve noticed a real lack in organized information on the subject. It is my intent to post a useful, running list of Android resources to be updated often. . . . → Read More: Free Android Apps for Band Directors
It’s been an action packed 7 weeks since my last blog post. With the end of a rather blockbuster school year of performances, my own performances outside of school, preparation for and now participation in the American Band College masters program in Ashland, Oregon – a part of Sam Houston State University. I’ve not been meaning to neglect this blog. I have literally had no time. . . . → Read More: American Band College