Advocacy

Music is the Gift!

As a music educator of over twenty years and a parent of school age children, I don’t always attend a live concert where I don’t have a vested interest. If I am not thinking about how my own students might do, I am a proud father hanging on each note my own children perform. One might think someone in my position might take for granted what a wonderful gift music can be. On Friday evening, February 19, Dr. R. Tad Greig and his students at...

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Does the Grind Ever Stop?

Amid now 186 pages and just shy of 45,000 words I take a minute to revisit one of my favorite hashtags on Twitter – #grindneverstops  – and apply that to a lifestyle in music education. Notice the difference – I said lifestyle, not a job. The one thing I have tried to impress upon assistant directors with whom I have worked and student teachers that I have mentored is that our vocation is a lifestyle. We keep odd hours. We go back...

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Music Alumni Events!

Last night, I had the good fortune of hosting 47 alumni of the Band Program at Mercer during our Homecoming Football Game. It was a great evening of music, friends, laughter, and memories that added to the festivities of the entire Mercer school community. One of my current students got to conduct his dad on a song, two of the current band front advisers performed alongside their friends from the past and current students, and new connections...

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Member article in the NBA Journal

Member article in the NBA Journal

I am pleased to announce that “Never a Losing Season” was included in the NBA 2012 Spring Journal. There are a number of great articles in the issue, and my article can be found on page 19. It is an honor to be able to share these insights with colleagues across a larger circle, and I am hopeful that some of those insights can be put to good use with students and directors over the course of the next year.  I hope that it is helpful...

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Looking Back, Looking at the Mirror, and Looking Ahead

Some quick reflective thoughts as 2011 closes, and 2012 begins from my small corner of the podium:1) As I shared with David Ahrens a few nights ago via Twitter – the quality of my ensembles is a direct reflection of my preparation and practice. If they aren’t playing well, that is my responsibility. Yes, yes, the students have a responsibility to prepare and practice. But ultimately for any us with a performing ensemble – we...

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Christmas Time Is Here

The recent Holiday concert which the students at Mercer presented was really well done, and as their teacher I am especially proud of their efforts over the past two months. There were some very traditional settings like “Do You Hear What I Hear?” and “Winter Wonderland” (both older arrangements by Jerry Nowak), mixed in with some newer and interesting settings of familiar Christmas carols like “Hey Man Christmas Swings!” by Larry...

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