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Latest Blog Posts from Off the Beaten Path

  • Top Five Blog Posts From 2022
    Happy New Year! What a year it’s been 😊 Personally, this year was full of adventures: some amazing travels, moved across the country, and started a PhD program at Arizona State University! At times, the blog had to take a backseat, but it’s been fun to publish new posts and…
  • Apps for Beginning Band and Orchestra
    Updated December 2022 This post has gotten a much-needed update! It’s no secret; I am a fan of technology in education. In my last two teaching positions, all students had school-issued iPads. I enjoyed using the iPads with my band students and have found several apps that work well in…
  • Have You Asked the Students?
    This will be a short and sweet suggestion to try in the next few weeks, or later this school year. I hope you’ll give it a try! For many people, it’s almost concert time. As we’re preparing for the big performance, we analyze the music, listen to recordings, and make…
  • Three Gmail Tips for Busy Music Teachers
    This blog post is going to take a slightly different angle. Instead of looking at tech tools you can use with your students, we’re going to talk about the tech many of us use every day: Gmail! While email is a fantastic innovation, for many people it’s also more time-consuming…
  • Strategies to Mix Things Up During Rehearsal
    We’ve hit the time of year where many of us have settled into routines and (probably) feel pretty comfortable with what we’re doing. This is often when we ask, how can I make rehearsal more interesting? How can I ensure the students are engaged? How can I mix things up?…
  • Using Student-Created How-To Videos for Skills Assessment
    By 2022, most adults have probably watched a how-to video at some point in their lives. Maybe it involved cooking techniques, home repair, or even craft projects. It’s also very likely that students have watched this type of video as well. In fact, there were many days when students would…

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