August 28, 2019

In the contemporary climate of data-driven education, you don’t hear much about inspiration in the popular rhetoric about music education and its role and purpose in the lives of children. But in fact, the music teacher’s most important responsibility is to inspire his or her students.

The Cards

May 9, 2019

Around the country, the school year is coming to a close. For high school students, spring break is fast becoming a distant memory as students complete projects and write papers, cram for end of course tests, Advanced Placement exams, and  finals. Performing arts programs, too, are in the last stages of preparation for the final […]

How Great is the Pleasure, or, Love and Music

February 26, 2019

A lovely eighteenth century canon you can make a staple of your school choirs’ repertoire.

What Your Students Will Remember

December 19, 2018

They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.

Personent Hodie

November 16, 2018

A closer look at “Personent Hodie”, a medieval Christmas carol.

Solfege with Amadeus

September 5, 2018

A Nashville School of the Arts project to learn as many choruses as possible from the Mozart Requiem in four months and then perform them en masse at a spring concert.

Teaching Modes and Exercises with Solfege

May 7, 2018

Part 4 in Walter Bitner’s series on teaching solfege.

Teaching Music with Solfège – Part 3

March 16, 2018

This is a simple but somewhat thorough description of the syllables for movable do solfège with la-based minor and how I applied them in my work as a teacher.

The Legacy of Guido d’Arezzo – Solfège, Part 2

December 1, 2017

Solfège, a practical method for teaching sight-singing, and the oldest and most widely used system for teaching the ability to read music in the world.

The Joy of Solfège

October 30, 2017

This time of year, my thoughts to the wonders of solfège.

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