Running a Show, Directing the Band, Choir, Orchestra, etc. I recently felt a need to unplug from the world for a moment and was fortunate to have the luxury of time to go for a run and listen to a podcast. I happened across an interview with Lorne Michaels about his career with Saturday Night… Read More Lessons for Ensemble Directors from Lorne Michaels of SNL
We had our final meeting of the Science of Music in Learning and Experience (SMiLE) group last week and I’ve been reflecting a bit on the experience. We began the experimental idea in the fall with an introductory meeting to get to know each other from across campus and a discussion of Susan Hallam‘s closing chapter from the… Read More SMiLE-ing this year and hopefully more in the future
This week I had the pleasure of giving an invited talk for the IU student chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (IU SNATS). I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to work with extremely fine singers and committed vocal pedagogues on a regular basis in my courses and very much enjoyed speaking with the… Read More Motivation: Growth, self-beliefs, and attributions, oh my…
I wanted to write a quick post to share my excitement about a new research group starting up at IU called: SMiLE: Science of Music in Learning and Experience. The purpose of the group is to cultivate conversations about music research among students and faculty across departments in the school of music and across units on… Read More A SMiLE-ing experiment
Some quick background… What follows is a brief personal statement I shared at our first departmental music education research colloquium at IU this Fall. Each faculty member had an opportunity to share their thoughts about the intersections between artistry and various aspects of music education. It was terrific fun to hear everyone’s perspective and an energizing… Read More Artistry and Music Education
There’s no greater luxury in the world than the knowledge that your children are cared for by warm, intelligent, humorous, and kind teachers. Each start of a new school year the privileges and good fortune our family enjoys by being able to send our children to work with incredible teachers who are dedicated to nurturing… Read More Parenting and teaching —- a personal summer reflection
This question was one of the prime motivations for a recent exploratory research study IU colleague and co-author Dr. Brent Gault and I conducted. Resources for elementary music programs as pertains to specialist faculty, time for instruction, and space and materials are perhaps especially vulnerable to cutbacks and fiscal instability. This is perhaps partly due to… Read More What if elementary general music programs were cut from the public schools?