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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Score Study or How I Became Inspired

Dr. Anthony Maiello at the American Band College

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

Reaching the World


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

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 . . . → Read More: December Music Education Blog Carnival

Edublog Awards Nominations


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 . . . → Read More: Edublog Awards Nominations

American Band College


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

Press Release: Music Education Professional Learning Network Opens to Public

Music Education Professional Learning Network Opens to Public

Grove City, PA – July18, 2010 — The Music Education Professional Learning Network (MPLN) opens to the public, at12:00 pm EDT, on July 19, 2010.

The MPLN is a new Website specifically developed for music educators, pre-service music teachers, and teaching musicians of any kind. As . . . → Read More: Press Release: Music Education Professional Learning Network Opens to Public