It’s all about quick hits, sound bytes, and catchy headlines, isn’t it? This is how society seems to operate at all levels now. We are only interested in reading those things that have a catchy headline, and we are quickly taken in by inspirational sound byte education. But do we look deeper in to the
It is almost midnight and I am just getting in the door from a rehearsal in Maine. My drive home tonight, and my drive down to Maine earlier in the day, were both spent focusing on music and a whole lot of other things. Everything is connected. I spend most of my social media posting
I recently read a social media post that proclaimed the pyramid of sound was dead. I was rather shocked, because me and the pyramid go way back. I figured I would at least have read the obituary, or maybe have been invited to the wake. The amount of people loudly agreeing with the post made
Over the past year I have taken the bold step and started reading more non music books in an attempt to get back out there and explore the rest of life. I had long preached about time away from music, but had always been dreadfully bad at taking my own advice. I admit I have
This summer feels a little weird, and something is very different. For the first time since the late 1980’s I will not be part of the production crew for the Newport Music Festival in Newport, RI. For some reason it is just now starting to completely sink in. My July will be free of stress
It is the time of year for new job announcements! I was wondering what I would tell myself if I was just about to start my first job! And I realized that I probably need to remind myself of those very same things from time to time, even after a few years of teaching: Dear
This weekend is my first weekend in a month that wasn’t spent at a conference for one organization or another. It started at the end of February with the New Jersey Music Educators Conference, followed by the Massachusetts state conference, and then the College Band Directors National Association Eastern Division Conference. Each was its own
January is a good month for a college professor, and where I teach we don’t start our semester until the very end of the month. This give me time to guest conduct, do clinics, study scores, update my courses, and ski! This year the goal was to take it a little easier than normal and I did
After a few days of recovery, I decided to look at what happened in Chicago. What are the most important things I came away from Chicago with?
I left New Hampshire on Friday night, cats in tow on the way to my parents house. It was time for my yearly trek to the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, with stops in RI (to drop of the cats at their island home), and in Indiana for some time with my sister and her family.