Posts Tagged "Life & Music"

An open letter about auditions…

I write tonight to a group of students who will audition for the PMEA District 5 Honor Band tomorrow night. I am proud of them as musicians and people for what they have chosen to do. >>>>><<<<< Dear Andrea, Janalyn, Lindsey, Jordyn, Sami, Abby, Kyle, Kyle, Ryan, Dakota, Andrew, and Chris, I am excited for you. Tomorrow is Honors Band Auditions, and I am excited for you. I hope you...

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Musical Accountability

What follows is a revision of the speech I delivered to the underclassmen at my school’s band banquet in May of 2012. If this speech is of use to any of you who address your students at a formal gathering over the next year, please feel free to quote as needed as you prepare your program. The purpose of the speech was to challenge the students to add the dimension of accountability to their musical...

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Music Education as a shaping force in culture

The following is one of the founding beliefs in my philosophy of music education.  I have recently been mulling over the task that lies ahead of all music education in the responsibility to be a shaping force in our own culture.  There are a number of performing arts groups situated in communities that contribute to the culture that are faced with tough times ahead as our country suffers through an economic...

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The 5th Edition of the Music Education Blog Carnival!!!

Welcome to the 5th edition of the Music Education Blog Carnival! It is an honor to host the carnival this month and bring to you a number of compelling articles and thoughts. Now entrenched in midst of our school year, busy doesn’t even begint to describe our days.  The best thing that all these articles do is give us a moment to reflect on the current status of music education and they are being...

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