Music Education: Are we doing enough to encourage women educators?

The stats do not lie: men dominate music education roles in the secondary and collegiate levels. I, for one, do not like that. It is an interesting situation. In a world in which we discuss equality, we still miss the mark is music education. Over the years, studies and research from across the United States …

Music Education: Let the Beginner you join the fun

When we started the process to be a musician, it started with excitement. What happened to it? It is time to bring it back in music education. Think back to the day you made the decision to participate in band, orchestra, or choir. Reflect on the feeling you had the moment you received your instrument …

Music Education: Remember the 94%

As music education instructors, we get distracted by events or situations that really only take the smallest amount of time. Remember the 94 percent. I am a blessed man. Through my experience in music education, as a teacher and clinician, relationships with great people were built. Few of those are as special to me than …

‘The System’ is ideal marching band text

When teaching or coaching any activity, proper resource selection is crucial. For marching band, no resource is as thorough than “The System” by Gary Smith. Recently, I received a copy of Gary Smith’s The System in exchange for writing this review.  The opinions expressed are my own. When you wish to perform well in your craft, you …

Music Education: Why you must recharge over the summer

The school year is over, and with it comes time away from the teaching. Take time to recharge and refresh yourself before next school year. The most joyous time of year has arrived! It is the time when the halls clear, the rooms are cleaned, and the faculty meetings end. Most doors will not be …