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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Help! I am an Elementary Music Teacher with a SMART Board!
Apr08

Help! I am an Elementary Music Teacher with a SMART Board!

In February, my free ebook titled Help! I am an Elementary Music Teacher with a SMART Board, became available on iTunes. This ebook is a resource guide for any elementary music educator who has access to a SMART Board and/or SMART Notebook software. This ebook was a labor of love and was a long time coming. I had been presenting sessions, workshops, and graduate courses on the topic of SMART Boards in the elementary music classroom...

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Music For All Session Four Notes: Marching Band Apps
Jun28

Music For All Session Four Notes: Marching Band Apps

There will be a future posting from this session outlining the social media components.  This post details the Amazing Marching Band related apps for iPad and iPhone detailed in the session. A.P.S. Music Master Pro and A.P.S. MusicMaster for iPhone Comprehensive Solution including Score Reader and Markup, Tuner, Metronome, and More A.P.S Tuning Trainer Train your ear to hear flat and sharp Tonal Energy Tuner Amazing Visual Tuner...

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“Which Elementary General Music Curriculum Should I Use?”
Jun10

“Which Elementary General Music Curriculum Should I Use?”

As the school year is winding down or may have already ended, many elementary general music educators are finding out that they will have a budget to purchase a new music curriculum for their classrooms. This is always exciting news, however, it can be accompanied with the feeling of being overwhelmed because there are so many great products on the market. In the past few weeks, the question of which curriculum to purchase, or even...

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The iPad in the Music Classroom: Useful Tool or Expensive Toy?
Oct22

The iPad in the Music Classroom: Useful Tool or Expensive Toy?

Let me preface this post by stating that I have never taught in the K-12 music classroom with iPads and that I am not trying to be inflammatory by asking this question.  As much as I love the device for my own personal use and music making, I simply do not know the answer to the question I’ve posed above.  I don’t fall on either side or even in the middle; I’m simply baffled.  It is my sincere hope that many readers...

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Get Your Head In The Clouds!
Oct01

Get Your Head In The Clouds!

Cloud computing still seems to be a mysterious word in education – specifically music education.  I’m not sure why.  All cloud computing means is that instead of the old-fashioned method of purchasing software in a box and installing it on your personal computer, the software instead lives online and you access it and utilize it online, instead of locally on your machine.  An example of the difference is if you remember...

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