This post was originally published on the NAfME Music in a Minuet Blog. Click here to read it. Continue reading Bring Them Back: The Benefits of an Alumni Recital
Another day of awful news has descended on all of us. I don’t know about you, but it’s easy for me to become overwhelmed by the sheer enormity of problems facing our world. And every day, I work through a series of scenarios in my head where I play out what I can possibly do to alleviate any of them. Most of the time I … Continue reading Feeling helpless these days? Yeah. Me, too.
The Other Side of Mothering Last week I was saying goodbye to a friend who I knew I wouldn’t see for a while and I suddenly blurted out, “Don’t worry. It’ll get easier. Someday your kids won’t be all-consuming and you’ll feel like going out into the world and doing stuff again.” It was completely unsolicited and luckily received with a relieved smile. I brazenly … Continue reading The Other Side of Mothering
Click here to read this post published on the NAfME Music in a Minuet Blog. Continue reading Saving Yourself from Yourself: An Audition Day Checklist for You and Your Brain
This post originally appeared in Minds on Music (Kindermusik’s International Blog). Click here to read it. Continue reading Realizing Your Child’s Musical Potential
Click here to read some of my thoughts on music education. “Joy from music-making doesn’t only come to the very best musicians—it belongs to all of us.” Continue reading NAfME Member Spotlight Interview
This post originally appeared as a guest blog for the NAfME (National Association for Music Education) Music in a Minuet Blog. Click here to read it! Continue reading Keeping the boys singing: How you can make a difference
The Obama Administration recently issued support for limiting testing time for students to 2% of their school year. Critics have already pointed out that this is more testing time than many students already face. While I appreciate the administration showing concern for students who sit for 9 hours of testing in only a few days, I think most people are still missing the real problem … Continue reading The Other 98% of the Time…
Want your students to excel? Don’t tell them they can’t. Why not tell them they can? You’d be surprised what students can do. Sometimes it just takes you getting out of the way. Provide curricular opportunities that are open-ended in their design instead of curriculum that only has correct and incorrect answers. Allow ALL students chances to demonstrate mastery, creativity, and ownership of their work. … Continue reading Don’t tell them they can’t.
Like a parenthetical explanation, this page serves to explain a bit of how this site originated and where it’s possibly going. To date, “Practicing Choral Music: Ten ideas for the singer who doesn’t think they can practice on their own” has been viewed over 60,000 times by people all over the world. It was intended for an ensemble of 70, but I threw it onto … Continue reading (how I got here)