Luck is not chance, it’s toil. Fortune’s expensive smile is earned. ~ Emily Dickinson

Mr. Ahrens teaches band & choir at Bear River High School in Grass Valley, CA.


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Weekly Practice Journal


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

Instrument Angels – Embracing Community Generosity in the eBay Age

Teaching music in the public schools of California, we really need to be creative in order to overcome the woes caused by those Keystone Klods in the Sacramento state house. We don’t have the funding to travel to contests, purchase music, or repair instruments. Certainly new purchases are beyond our reach if we . . . → Read More: Instrument Angels – Embracing Community Generosity in the eBay Age