I was recently listening to an interview that Marc Maron had with the actor Timothy Olyphant on his podcast “WTF” and caught a terrific soundbite that I thought was fantastically insightful. He was describing a realization he had about learning a tell-tale sign that the work he was doing was both high in quality and… Read More Will you appear in the “blooper reel”?
Why this post and why now… Over the years, I’ve come to understand that it can be valuable for those who are struggling personally to learn that others struggle too. In that spirit, I’m writing this short post to share a bit of personal information with the hope that it might help someone in some… Read More Sometimes it can help to know that others experience it too.
I’ve been watching a lot of the Great British Baking Show lately, so much so that I’ve even been trying my hand at making some treats of my own for the first time (i.e., the pic of my proudest macaron below). It’s been fun to try and develop a new hobby in the blips of… Read More Why I Love the Great British Baking Show: A Quasi-Diversion from Music Education
I’m happy to share that a chapter I’ve been working on with some terrific colleagues has recently been published in the book Connecting Self-regulated Learning and Performance with Instruction Across High School Content Areas. The book is relatively unique in that it is devoted entirely to building bridges between learning theory and specific, actionable teaching… Read More Teaching Kids to Teach Themselves
I spent a little while over this winter break expanding upon how I might use Shiny to help demonstrate and familiarize students with statistical concepts in music education research methods courses. In general, it seems to me that clear explanations are needed, practice examples are good, but “live” manipulable demos are really, really great. I… Read More Visualizing oneway ANOVA
A Festive Analysis It’s the holiday season and catchy tunes are in the air! Vince Guaraldi’s score to A Charlie Brown Christmas stands out even among the many, many traditional favorites that appear on the radio these months. Offered here is an analysis of the tracks from this album using the data provided by Spotify… Read More Vince Guaraldi’s Music from “A Charlie Brown Christmas”
I made a toy! I made a fun little web app for visualizing some interesting things about sampling distributions and the standard error of a mean (pictured below). The app allows you to change parameters with the sliders on the left to see how sample size and standard deviation affect the standard error of a… Read More My First Data Visualization Toy
Last year included the first full academic year of Music and Mind Lab meetings and activities at the IU Jacobs School of Music. I thought I’d post a quick note about some of the fun and exciting things we were able to do together as we begin looking forward to another productive year. Some quick… Read More The IU JSOM Music and Mind Lab: A Year in Review
I’m excited to report that a recent study I worked on with doctoral student, Lauren Hime, has been featured by the National Association for Music Education on their association blog. We investigated the employment status, job satisfaction, and financial status of music education program alumni using data from a nation-wide, multi-institutional survey of collegiate music… Read More A SNAAP-Shot of the Career Landscape for Music Educators
Hello! Click below for slides from my presentation today at the Indiana Music Educator’s Professional Development Conference… The science of music performance skill acquisition: Planning, executing, and reflecting for achievement Presentation slides All the best, Pete Miksza