On December 3, 2010, I gave a session at the NY State School Music Association Winter Conference in Rochester, NY entitled Teach Music. The Technology Will Follow. The session was about how free or inexpensive entry-level software for Mac (GarageBand) or PC (Mixcraft) can be used to teach music concepts. I ran out of handouts so here’s a .pdf file … Read More
Recent Interviews and Articles that feature me and my work teaching music with technology.
METOS 2010 Session Handout: Recreating the Secondary General Music Classroom for the 21st Century Learner
I was asked via a Twitter post (https://twitter.com/MusicEdTech) to provide some tips on how to boost attendance at community band rehearsals. I suppose these tips would hold true for any community-performing group that relies on volunteers for its organization and even applies to school organizations. If you really think about it, school music ensembles are really made up of volunteers. … Read More
For the second year in a row, one of my student’s has won First Place in the MENC (Music Educators National Conference)/NSBA (National School Board Association) Electronic Music Composition Talent Search in the High School Division. Senior Ricco Burkhardt’s piece Does Murder Sleep was conceived and influence by the Shakespeare quote from Macbeth and was chosen as this year’s winner … Read More
I am very proud to announce that one of my students, Kanki Suzuki, came in First Place in the Electronic Music Composers Competition for High School Students in the Northeast sponsored by Northeastern University’s Music Technology Department. Kanki’s piece was chosen as the top piece in this year’s competition from amongst almost 100 pieces. Kanki is a sophomore at Greenwich High … Read More
Originally published in the Connecticut Music Educators publication CMEA News April, 2010 For the last hundred years or so, K–12 music education in the United States has focused on reaching students with performance-based applied learning in band, orchestra and chorus classes, and in classroom general music. Applied learning in non-performance “general music” classes has been accomplished in the use recorders, ocarinas, harmonicas, … Read More
When classroom chaos can’t be helped or controlled via traditional means, enter the Facebook and Apple’s Remote Desktop.
NPR posted an interesting article and audio clip entitled, “The Loudness Wars: Why Music Sounds Worse”
I was cleaning out my hard drive and came across an oldie but goody and thought about the recent conversations and federal government initiatives that support attaching teacher pay or tenure to student test scores. I say to anyone who thinks that this is a good idea, don