Far too often, I have spent so much time drilling one section of an orchestra while the rest of the ensemble sits unengaged and bored. With my Round Robin Rehearsal techniques, you will save countless hours of unengaged time.
All too often, I observe young teachers who spend the bulk of a very short class period working with just one section. This leaves the other students… Read more “The Round Robin Rehearsal”
Today, in my classes, we will be playing music and sending love, as we always do. But today, we will be directing our love to the families and victims in Orlando. I urge you today to do what you can in your own lives to send love, to show your support to those who need it, and to fill the world with music, love, and pride.
if issues have not been resolved by the time I get them, it can be incredibly frustrating for both myself and the student if I am constantly nagging them about their issues. Here are a few things that have helped me in the past
students are in music classes to make music, not to listen to your life story (well, sometimes they are way too interested in your life story…), but in general, they want to play more. So make way for more music!
imagine this huge churning cauldron (think of this ever-changing environment with which we have great responsibility). With each new ingredient, the color may change, or the consistency and that may give you a hint as to where to go next for an optimal potion
Sure… They might have thrown a ball at students when they played out of tune (seen it!). Do not comment on this in front of students. Well, who hasn’t conducted with celery sticks and carrots? NO NEW TEACHER COMMENTARY! And of course, when the students tell you, “We just used to take naps in here…” Do not disparage nap time during class (as much as you might be dying inside). Instead, try saying this to the students:
“I know you must have loved your last teacher. She clearly did _________ so brilliantly!”
In each year of teaching music, I have always had at least one student who was interested in majoring in music education. Many of them have went… Read more “MUSIC ED MAJOR RANT”
the lack of courses on practicum and classroom management is astounding…
Just yesterday, I read an article on all state musicians’ attitudes toward majoring in music education. It was a really great article and led me to some… Read more “Qualified or Able: A Music Ed Advocate’s Struggle”