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- Learn ASL (American Sign Language) Through MusicHave you ever seen an ASL (American Sign Language) translator interpret a speech, a discussion or a song? It’s an amazing ballet of graceful movement and dynamic expression. In fact, although it doesn’t use words or sounds at all, ASL is an amazing language that may already be part of ... read more
- Candles Glow Speech PiecePlanning holiday concerts is always tricky. I want to have all of my students diverse celebrations represented. I struggle with finding music that represents everyone and isn't too much Christmas, but just enough, or too much Kwanzaa, and not enough Hanukkah, or too much ________ or not enough ______. It ... read more
- A Quick Latin Pronunciation Guide for Church ChoirsDoes your choir know how to sing in Latin?There’s something sacred about singing an anthem in Latin, I think; it connects us back to our ancient roots, the development of church music centuries before us, and those that gathered to worship in those times and places.The best part about ... read more
- Teaching Tempo with Art Music
- Creative Flexibility Can Save The DayAs we enter another holiday season, I’m sure many of you who teach have already noticed the children getting a bit excited. Often, managing classroom behavior becomes more difficult as holiday anticipation and excitement builds. For this reason, it is good at this time of year to consider strategies that ... read more
- Students with Special Needs: RepresentationAs I continue to think about ways to better reflect, respect, and respond to traditionally marginalized people and perspectives in the music classroom, I am turning my attention today to people with special needs. In particular, today I want to focus on ways to better reflect examples of people and ... read more
- Today I Did NothingToday I did nothing.It was so wonderful getting a chance to stay at home and relax with my family without any responsibilities- just a chance to unwind after a crazy week.Plus it gave me time to clean the bathtub and the garbage can. They were getting pretty gross and I ... read more
- Prelude Op. 37, No. 1 in B flat minor by Alexander ScriabinI couldn’t resist playing one more prelude. This one is an exquisite, soulful piece marked mesto, which means mournful. This is the sort of piece that George Sementovsky, my teacher, would have reveled in, with his attention to color, shading, blur, and nuance. I’m sure he would have milked the ... read more
- Mission SantaJack Frost has not been kind this winter. Santa has been frozen and is stuck at the North Pole… LITERALLY! He must be rescued in time for Christmas! Luckily the Superhero Apprentices have been training and are ready to help! Each challenge will test their abilities and bring them closer ... read more
- Prelude Op. 11, No. 13 by Alexander ScriabinI just felt like playing this Prelude tonight. It’s been a long day, and I needed this serene piece — except I can’t seem to get a convincing lento tempo out of it. It came out somewhere between andante and allegretto no matter how hard I tried to slow it ... read more