Music – So Much More Than Notation
Jan26

Music – So Much More Than Notation

As a Music Technology specialist, I often get questions from educators looking to start a Music Tech program in their school. One of the most common inquiries is about notation software, i.e. which engraving product do I use to teach Music Tech – Sibelius, Finale, Notion, Noteflight etc.? I love all those products and I use them in my personal composing and arranging, but teachers are always surprised that I deflect their...

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Goodbye Pete Seeger
Jan28

Goodbye Pete Seeger

    I have many albums of Pete Seeger, but my favorites are the ones where other people are singing his songs, as Pete wrote his songs for others to sing.  Every time he sang a song in public, his was just one voice of hundreds singing along with his banjo or his guitar.  Pete died earlier this morning, but those songs will remain for many years in the American public repertoire.  His was a gift unlike any other to this...

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Time to meet the kids
Aug15

Time to meet the kids

    The first day of school is fast approaching for many of us.  Many teachers have been getting very active on the Music Teachers’ Facebook page and trading for ideas on what to teach their students as the new school year gets off to a start.  It’s exciting to see so many people who are eager about getting started.  If you’re not a member of the Facebook group yet, please join. So what are you going to be...

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Building a Web Site – A Class Project
May17

Building a Web Site – A Class Project

      The school year is coming to a close at River Hill High School.  Seniors are finding out where they are going to college, and finishing their AP exams, and as anybody who has taught high school knows, this is the time of year when those seniors tend to “check out.”  Many teachers find it difficult to keep the seniors excited about school.  To me, it’s just another challenge.  Learning should...

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Looking at the Future TI:ME
Feb18

Looking at the Future TI:ME

                      I have just returned from San Antonio, Texas, where I attended the 2013 TI:ME conference in conjunction with the Texas Music Educators’ Association.  What an amazing experience it was!  I got to connect and collaborate with the top flight of music educators using technology in their classrooms, and I learned so much about how secure and exciting our...

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