This weekend I had the opportunity of co-presenting a session on embedding educational policy issues in music teacher preparation coursework at the bi-annual Symposium on Music Teacher Education in North Carolina. It was a pleasure to work with our newest Jacobs School of Music music education colleague, Dr. Lauren Kapalka-Richerme and IU JSOM alumna, Dr.… Read More Ed Policy and Music Teacher Preparation
“I believe that the purpose of art is to come up with ways to transform the most negative instincts into creative instincts.” This is one of the most simple, powerful, and inspiring short videos I’ve seen in a while. Enjoy.
Preface This post includes a few brief, light-hearted thoughts I put out to the music education graduate research colloquium today during our faculty roundtable on the theme of, “Intersections Between Research and Practice.” This event was intended to be an introductory colloquium during which the faculty shared 5- to 7-minute reflections on how they see… Read More Theoretipracticaliexpealidocious
Are you a nerd looking for a good read? This is a quick post about the reading I’ve been lucky enough to squeeze in this summer, maybe your nerdy side will enjoy some of it too. It’s been a great summer of family time at home, trips to see friends and family afar, outdoor activity,… Read More Need summer reading ideas for nerds? Look no further!
The summer course I’m teaching, Advanced Instrumental Methods, has kicked off this month and I thought I’d share a bit about the first topic we tackled. We began with an exploration of what it means to lead as an instrumental music educator and what factors seem to contribute to teaching effectiveness in instrumental music settings.… Read More Near, Far, and In-between – Some views on instrumental music teaching effectiveness*
One of the most rewarding and exciting aspects of being involved in music education in higher education is witnessing how preservice teachers can change and develop throughout the course of their undergraduate preparation. In addition to being rewarding, this is one of the many, many aspects of undergraduate teaching that’s extremely compelling. My colleague, Dr.… Read More How do music teachers develop? Some frameworks to consider
PRELUDE What does it mean… to Obi-Wan your teaching? Definition: To seek wisdom about teaching, to keep a cool head when negotiating good and bad ideas, to have a sense of humor about teaching, to be present when you’re needed (e.g., you may be their only hope), to commit to nurturing the next generation of… Read More Obi-Wan your teaching, Episode XXXVII
I’m excited to report the publication of a recent article I wrote for the Music Educators Journal titled: “The future of music education: Continuing the dialogue about curricular reform” The heart of this article is captured in the opening quote: “The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order.” Alfred… Read More The Future of Music Education: Continuing the Dialogue about Curricular Reform
This is a terrific BBC documentary on stats – for those of you that enjoy the insights that statistical analyses can yield, check it out. I realize this has probably made the internet rounds a few times over, but it’s too good not to share… Watch the video “The Joy of Stats” at the Gapminder website.… Read More “Believe Me, There’s Nothing Boring About Statistics”
The context: I recently had a chance to see the movie, Sound City at the IU Cinema. Here’s an NPR story about it (Read it). It’s a fun documentary that chronicles the life of a recording studio by the same name in LA (Sound City Studios). It’s a neat story of a studio that seemed to… Read More Sound City and McCartney’s Ease: A quest to be more like Paul this summer