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’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
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
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
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
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
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*