The Qualities of an Empowered Music Student

The Qualities of an Empowered Music Student

Wow, it’s been 6 years since Kathryn Finch and I originally wrote this! It’s amazing to think about how far this work has come in that time…a book…and podcast…what’s next?  For a long time, our focus was on engaging the learners and making sure students were “actively engaged” in music making in my classroom. But…

Harmonizing Technology with Tradition: Electronics in Concert Band Music 
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Harmonizing Technology with Tradition: Electronics in Concert Band Music 

This article about electronics in concert band music was originally published in The Woman Conductor Journal, February 2024 issue. In the ever-evolving landscape of music, the integration of technology and electronics into the concert band setting marks a significant shift from traditional performances. This not only expands the sonic possibilities but also challenges the conventional norms of…

Seven Google Add-ons and Extensions for Music Teachers

Seven Google Add-ons and Extensions for Music Teachers

January 2024 – This post has gotten another much-deserved update! Seven add-ons and extensions isn’t enough anymore – we’re up to ten! This post continues a back-to-school series about tech tools for the music classroom. One useful feature of Google Chrome is the ability to customize your browsing and creating experiences using add-ons and extensions….

Optimize Your Chrome Browser With These Three Tips

Optimize Your Chrome Browser With These Three Tips

This post got a much needed update January 2024! As a Google Trainer and Innovator, it’s no surprise that I work almost exclusively within the Google platform. My recent post, Three Tips to Organize Your Google Drive, received great feedback and has inspired this post about Google Chrome! Many people use Google Chrome for their…

From Theory To Practice: Inspiring Books for Music Educators

From Theory To Practice: Inspiring Books for Music Educators

Reading is something I have enjoyed since the time I was young and would sneak a flashlight under the covers to read after bedtime. Although I read a lot of research articles these days, there are several books I read over the last few months that I really enjoyed! As music teachers, we should also…

Showcasing the Musical Journey through Digital Portfolios
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Showcasing the Musical Journey through Digital Portfolios

Digital portfolios have revolutionized various industries, and the world of music education is no exception. Traditionally, music classes have focused on performance-based assessments, leaving minimal room for comprehensive evaluation and holistic growth. However, digital portfolios offer a transformative medium for students to showcase their progress, creativity, and musical journeys. Why Incorporate Digital Portfolios in Music …

Canva for Band Directors

Canva for Band Directors

This article was originally published in The Woman Conductor Journal, June 2023 issue.  Graphic design skills may not be something band directors expect to need in their careers. But between concert programs, promotional posters, and award certificates, graphic design is likely something most of us have had to do. Luckily, there are some great tools available that…