Vince Guaraldi’s Music from “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

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”

What if elementary general music programs were cut from the public schools?

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?

The Future of Music Education: Continuing the Dialogue about Curricular Reform

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

Arts Ed: Reasons to Advocate and Levers to Pull

Reasons to advocate: Inspiring stories The collegiate chapter of the National Association for Music Education at IU (see their blog!) recently participated in the music advocacy groundswell event (found here) by collecting stories from children about why music matters to them. They made efforts to contact public school teachers in the greater Bloomington area and… Read More Arts Ed: Reasons to Advocate and Levers to Pull