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.
The most important thing we can do as educators is continue learning! As music educators and conductors we should work to better ourselves in both areas and find time to learn new concepts in both areas. If we stop learning, we won’t be effective teachers. Here is a far from complete list of things we
Well, my concert was on October 30 and I started writing this the very next morning, but thanks to 200 plus honor band nominations and, let’s be honest, poor planning on my part, I had to put this aside. But pretend you are reading this on Halloween. Trick-or-treat!! The concerts over and a few things
It is 2008 and I just got off stage after what I thought was an incredible performance by the band at Southern Utah University. I congratulated all of the students and was patting my own back for the wonderful job I did, when the very first audience member to greet me said something that would
This is a question that creeps in to my mind from time to time, and I never really have had a good answer. What is my duty to the band world? The following flood my mind when this happens (in no particular order): Educate my students and prepare them to not only be musicians, but