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December Music Education Blog Carnival

Blog Carnival

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 to all of this month’s authors.

Music Education

Claire Burns presents Thanksgiving Song: Ten Days of Thanksgiving posted at Learn Me Music, saying, “Need Thanksgiving material in your classroom? Check out “Ten Days of Thanksgiving,” complete with a PowerPoint download, ready for immediate use and fun in your classroom! Guaranteed to get you singing, not to mention hungry!!”.  Claire teaches General Music in grades K-4. Twitter: @learnmemusic

Steve Nixon presents How To Play Misty. Jazz Piano Reharmonization posted at Free Jazz Lessons. Steve is a world-touring professional keyboardist and music educator in Chicago. Twitter: @SteveNixonMusic

Eugene Cantera presents Music Education + Business = Win Win posted at Discover, Learn, Play This blog is a project of the Dallas School of Music. Eugene is a saxophonist and music educator in Dallas, TX. Twitter: @DLP_DSM

Abby & the Team present A Note from Quaver: On the life-long benefits of Music! posted at Quaver Music Blog, saying, “The creative force behind Quaver’s Marvelous World of Music and – teaching resources for music educators – shares his thoughts on the benefits of music in his own life!” Quaver Headquarters are in Nashville, TN. Twitter: @QuaverMusic

Wendy Stevens presents The End-of-Project Sharing Element posted at, saying, “From a great book about using music technology to encourage creativity in your classroom, comes a thought about why our fun activities and projects don’t quite resonate with or motivate our students.” Wendy Stevens is a composer, pianist, and teacher in Kansas. Twitter: @composecreate

Music Pedagogy

Samuel Wright presents The Flying Books of Morris Part 1 posted at Wright-Stuff Music, saying, “Composition, Performance, Singing, iPads and ‘Pop Goes The Weasel.’ Too much for just one category. Plus parts 2 and 3 are on the way.” Samuel is a music educator and composer in Australia. Twitter: @WrightStufMusic

Christopher Jones presents Clarinet Embouchure posted at Clarinet Now Blog, saying, “ gives fundamental techniques to readers. The clarinet embouchure page mentioned here has a companion article of Poor Clarinet Embouchure The blog also addresses regular questions on clarinet fundamentals.” Christopher is a clarinetist and private teacher in New York City. Twitter: @ClarinetNow

Music Technology

Patti Anderson presents Keeping Up with My Students and Technology posted at Raising the bar for music education, saying, “This article isn’t about using MUSIC technology, but about using technology in the music classroom.”  Patti is a music educator in North Carolina. Twitter: @pandymusiced

Joseph Pisano presents SoundTree Institute – The Next Evolution of Online Professional Development for Music Education posted at MusTech.Net, saying, “SoundTree provides another great resource for music educators and professional seeking online professional development 24/7”. Joseph is a tech expert, founder of the Music Professional Learning Network and the Music Education Blog Carnival, and a music professor at Grove City College in Pennsylvania. Twitter: @pisanojm

Music Tips

Kelly Schenbeck Riley presents Tech Tips for the Music Student Teacher posted at Kelly Riley’s Music Classroom. Kelly teaches Elementary Music and is a Music Specialist in Central Ohio. Twitter: @klsriley

Chris Cooper presents Body Mapping for Conducting posted at Cooper’s Divertimento. Chris is a band director in Texas.


Susie Ahrens presents TubaChristmas posted at For the Love of Tuba. Susie is a tubist in Sacramento, CA. Twitter: @tubachic

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of music education blog carnival using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

Next month, the Music Education Blog Carnival moves back to, hosted by Dr. Joseph Pisano. Keep writing and sharing and I’ll see you there!

- David Ahrens


  • Dr. J. Pisano

    Thanks, Great Job on this post/collection/carnival.  I especially like how you included a brief bio blurb on each submitter… I think I’ll ask folks to continue the tradition in the future.  

    • David Ahrens

      Your welcome, and thank you! I thought it might make it a bit more interesting to get some context on the submitters.