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So Long No Child Left Behind…

February 15, 2016

The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 and What it Means for Music Education.

Ready or Not – Teacher Evaluations Are Coming

October 2, 2012

The question is not if teachers need to be held accountable for student growth, but how.

Reportapalooza 2012

July 30, 2012

A flurry of new studies and research reports unlock new and important knowledge of the status, condition, and impact of music and arts education in our schools.

The Untold Story: How Music and Arts Education Became Core Subjects

April 5, 2012

How Music and Arts Education Became Core Subjects…

Where is My Bailout?

July 28, 2009

With literally trillions of dollars being thrown at various industry sectors, stimulus programs and bailout efforts, the resounding chorus from the American public is this: “Where’s my bailout?” While I can’t speak to where the financial relief is for all Americans, I can go back to my favorite topic and examine how the economic stimulus […]

Dear Mr. President

January 23, 2009

The Honorable Barack ObamaPresident of the United States of America1600 Pennsylvania AvenueWashington, D.C. Dear President Obama, How’s it going? Have you found all the light switches in your new digs? Is it hard to sneak into the kitchen for a midnight snack with all the Secret Service folks around? How about that dog for the […]

Testing and Gas Prices and Wall Street…Oh My!

November 18, 2008

Eight years ago, I wrote an article called “The Perfect Storm” about the impact of the collapse in the stock market and the pending implementation of NCLB. Five years ago, I revisited this article with the second installment, entitled “The View from the Eye of the Perfect Storm,” where I further delved into the […]

Tools of the Trade

September 16, 2008

Time to get ready for the new school year, which means planning your programs, selecting your music, getting your lesson plans arranged, reviewing your student roster and vocal range and… planning your advocacy activities! What, you didn’t think about that last one? I thought so! No time to focus on advocacy? Well if you do […]

What Music Really Means

May 20, 2008

A long time and very good friend of mine, Tracy Leenman, sent me a note with this incredible and true story. It was so compelling that I realized my own thoughts for this month would be better saved for another day, so that I could share her inspirational anecdote with you. This is a story […]

A Tribute: Mark Williams

March 11, 2008

President Clinton once said, “You gotta sound bad before you can sound good” to a class of beginning instrumental students in Milwaukee. Mark Williams undoubtedly would have disagreed. Mark Williams, one of Alfred Publishing’s most successful composers and arrangers, a self proclaimed “band geek” at heart who had a passion for empowering teachers to give […]

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