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- La-Based Minor vs Do-Based Minor, and a Bit of Personal HistoryThere is, right at this moment, an interesting and important Facebook thread going on, in which some MLT folks are writing about the merits of Do-based versus La-based minor—which is a discussion that never seems to go away! Apropos of some things I read on that thread, I’d like to ... read more
- 5 of the Best Music Education QuotesMusic education is so important, and it can be hard at times to find the right words to express to others about why it matters so much. Sometimes when we don’t know what to say, we can use the words of others who have advocated for music education. These music ... read more
- Summer ReadingHi everyone! Hope you are having a wonderful summer! I love my summers! The first part we spent in Maine - my home state. We go almost every summer, for 2 weeks, and rent a cottage on an island. It is truly amazing.I always pick some summer reading - some ... read more
- Artful LearningIn this, the centennial anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, all sorts of things that this American musical icon did are being brought out into the public consciousness. Of course, most know of Bernstein’s work as a conductor, composer and teacher, what with his numerous recordings, lectures, young peoples concerts and ... read more
- Inquiry & Mozart MinutesIn May I wrote about a project I was doing with the 5th-grade band and orchestra students that we called “Mozart Minutes.” Mozart Minutes was essentially our version of a Genius Hour, where students could create their own projects relating to music. I neglected to do a follow-up post, which ... read more
- Oompa Loompa® Costume IdeaWilly Wonka KIDS® is one of my ALL TIME favorite MTI KIDS® shows. It has everything a child (and their parent) enjoys in a musical--great music, nostalgia, candy, bright colors, a funny plot, and lots of opportunities to showcase students. One thing that may hold you back is the costumes. ... read more
- How to Recruit New Choir Members This FallThe beginning of a new choir year is a perfect time to invite and recruit a few new members. There are a few reasons for this:People are often eager to sign up for new things at the beginning of a new church/school yearThere’s energy and enthusiasm around new music, routines, ... read more
- Music/Language Analogies: The Poor Ones FirstWhy am I taking your time to show you analogies that don’t work? To get your minds into the swing of thinking about music in the same way you think about language. —Leonard Bernstein, The Unanswered Question, pp. 60-61. So far, I’ve written two posts about music/language analogies. They ... read more
- Going Down to Cairo for the Elementary Music Classroom
- Ace the Interview: questions to askIt's job interview season and with that comes all the stress of maneuvering your way through job applications and interviews. In every interview in which I have ever participated (on either side of the table), the candidate was given the opportunity to ask the interviewers any questions they may have. ... read more