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Getting the Most Out of Your Festival Experience

December 1, 2015

As soon as I saw my students taking a nap outside the auditorium, I knew we were in trouble.

Déjà Vu All Over Again

May 15, 2014

New music/arts standards will drive education for the next decade… or longer

Singing in Latin

October 24, 2013

In the world of singing, Latin is not a dead language.

Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’

March 22, 2013

Celebrating 70 Years of Oklahoma!

Overcoming Weakness

December 1, 2011

When I first began teaching at Central High School in Phoenix, Arizona five years ago, the plan was to build a successful high school choral program.

Grant Writing: Shaking the Money Tree

September 20, 2011

Grant writing is not hard, just a little time consuming. Whether you’re an instrumental or choral instructor, grants are out there for your use. My suggestion for everyone is: “Go for it.” The worst they can do to you is say no. However, if you don’t even try, you will never know if there is a “Yes” out there.

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

April 19, 2011

In today’s environment of budget cuts and ever increasing demands on teacher time, this song from The Clash seems like an appropriate anthem for music programs across the country.

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

March 22, 2011

In today’s environment of budget cuts and ever increasing demands on teacher time, this song from The Clash seems like an appropriate anthem for music programs across the country. For decades, performance travel has been a cornerstone of the school music experience. The benefits for students are undeniable, but are they justifiable in the current […]

4 Ways to Improve Your Ensemble’s Sound…and Improve Your Festival Rating Along the Way

January 19, 2011

For many years, at the conclusion of the spring festival season, I have thought that I should write an article about the performances that I have heard. The impetus for this is the fact that while many groups bring outstanding performances to adjudicated music festivals, others frequently receive lower ratings for reasons that are often […]

The Other Side of Glee

September 28, 2010

I finally have a choir class at the middle school that feeds my high school; this is the first time I have had a feeder program. On the first day of class last year at the middle school, the kids asked me if I watch “Glee.” I told them I didn’t, because I am not […]

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