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.
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”
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?
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
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