Music Education

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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January 2016 – Apperances

I am eagerly looking forward to working with the Lawrence County Senior High All-Star Band on Thursday, January 7th at Westminster College. I count many of the directors as good friends and colleagues, and I am honored they would extend me the invitation to work with their students. The program will be selected from the following: Toccata by Patrick Burns A Time to Dance by Julie Giroux Elements by Brian Balmages March Grandioso by Roland...

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BCAEC Presentation

I am looking forward to presenting at the Beaver County Arts Education Consortium tomorrow at Beaver Falls High School. I have the dubious distinction of following the honorable Dr. Joseph M. Pisano who will present during the morning session. Looking forward to some lively discussion, sharing some undiscovered hot charts, and how to get the most of some technology platforms you might already be using!

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PMEA Summer Conference 2015

I am looking forward to presenting tomorrow at the 2015 PMEA Summer Conference in Harrisburg tomorrow. The session is entitled “Even ensemble directors need P.R.A.C.T.I.C.E.” (focusing on Planning, Repertoire, Assessment, Concerts, T’s of the Rehearsal, Instruction, Creativity, and Ethics and Emotion). This session includes a blend of recent research in music education, and interactive discussion of best practice and new ideas....

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Elementary Band Literature

I’ve had a couple of inquiries from friends and colleagues about beginning band literature that I have completed. Below are a series of short links with suggestions on level of ensemble, and a few technical notes. In all cases, you can view a score image and listen to the recording as well. Best wishes to all elementary band directors as they will start many a great musician on their journey in the arts in just a few weeks. Sonic Ascent...

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PMEA 2014 – Concerts That Connect!

Thank you to those that attended my session at PMEA 2014 “Concerts That Connect!” It was great to see many friends and colleagues in the session, a number of music education majors, and others from across the Keystone. My apologies that I ran short of papers, but you may click here to get a copy of the handout. At the suggestion of a colleague, I am going to publish a repertoire list in the coming weeks of pieces that I have used...

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