A friend of mine recently said this to me and I did a double take. And then I thought about it some more and he was right. Actually, NONE of us are doing as good as what we could be doing. We must be bad people. Funny to say that but many of us think… Continue reading What You’re Doing Is Not As Good As What You Could Be Doing
Imagine you’re in a school band playing 2nd or 3rd anything (trombone, sax, violin, flute…) and you have your part in front of you. You get through the first rehearsal the teacher asks you to go home to practice your parts. What!? Practice a few notes with a weird rhythm and no melody? You’ve got… Continue reading Unison Charts: It’s Relevance in Learning and Creating Music
As a teacher, with this continuum of levels as a guide, ask yourself, What is the skill range of your players? If 1 is complete beginner and 10 is a solid knowledge of their instrument and genre, do your students vary by two levels (you’d circle numbers 3-5)? Or are your ensembles considerably diverse in… Continue reading A Continuum of Levels
How often do you hear there are no careers in music? Making a career in the music industry is not as straight forward as being a doctor, lawyer, or plumber… but then again, are those careers straight forward? There are over 200 different careers in music. Yes, over 200. Performing is just ONE of them. Most… Continue reading There Are No Careers in Music!
What causes a change in someone to adopt new possibilities? Several years ago, when Aaron, my son, was about 12, we were back in my hometown in upstate NY (Utica-Albany area) for a reception and I wanted to introduce him to my former math teacher, Mr. Pedley, who had a knack for getting others to… Continue reading What Creates Change? Flip the Switch