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Making Music During the Pandemic

May 27, 2020

Thoughts on how to keep music making alive during a pandemic.

As I Went Over Tawny Marsh

March 18, 2020

This gem, beloved by my choirs, was a staple of my children’s choir repertoire for many years.

Universal Music Education

February 17, 2020

As we enter the third decade of the twenty-first century, the time has come for music educators to stop pussyfooting around and advocate for universal music education. Indeed, it is long past time. We should stop wasting valuable time – time that belongs to us and to the children in our care – and we […]

Herring’s Head

November 22, 2019

“Herring’s Head“ is a cumulative folksong that I have taught and sung with students of all ages at many schools over the course of my teaching career. It features humorous lyrics that deliver a conservation message about whole animal or “nose to tail” eating (mindful consumption). “Herring’s Head’s” call-and-response structure, extroverted attitude, and whimsy made it a popular and […]

The Boar’s Head Carol

October 21, 2019

For about 25 years, I spent nearly every holiday season consumed by the preparations and execution of a big school performance. I have directed so many of these, with students of all grade levels, K-12. In fact, for much of my adult life, I spent most of each fall listening to, arranging, teaching, and rehearsing […]

Inspiration

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.

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