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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Google Voice Playing Assessments


As a Band Director, there never seems to be enough time to carry out any number of brilliant ideas (or pedagogical necessities) that I need to do with my ensembles. One of the many things that I’ve had trouble keeping up with is individual playing assessments. It is difficult to justify the time during an ensemble rehearsal of listening to each student, one by one. I have tried a number of different solutions: I’ve attempted to listen to a few each day. I’ve had those students not testing listen to the ones who were and do anonymous peer critiques. I’ve asked students to come back on their own time to test. I’ve attempted working with SmartMusic assignments. None of these has had much success or consistency. . . . → Read More: Google Voice Playing Assessments