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.


Site Visitors


Sound Education Legal

Creative Commons License & Sound Education are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

For the Love of Tuba

In 8th grade, my band director, Mr. Hansen asked for a volunteer to play the sousaphone. He said that whoever was interested should come see him at lunch. I was the only one to show up. I had no clue what a sousaphone was. Mr. Hansen brought out this huge white thing and I quickly told him “I can’t play that! It’s too big!” He reassured me that I could and that he would teach me. . . . → Read More: For the Love of Tuba

A Band That Plays Together, Plays Together

It’s hard for me to believe, but I will begin my 12th year teaching high school band in one week. During that time, I’ve been at two schools. The first for five years and the second for seven now. At the time that I left my first band, I had just begun to achieve the . . . → Read More: A Band That Plays Together, Plays Together