Transcribing in Class

“These projects and materials are intended to create opportunities to help students develop four essential musical skills that too often get overlooked: ear training, understanding form, harmony, and orchestration.”

How Can it Be Better?

If it Ain’t Baroque… It all started when my principal told me I have to teach literacy and critical thinking in Band to help support the academic progress of the school. “Yeah right,” I thought very loudly in my head. “I have to get these kids playing enough music for a concert that doesn’t make…

Composing In Class

Why does it matter? What’s the difference between a sophomore English student reading an Ernest Hemingway novel and a sophomore Music student learning a piece by Duke Ellington? Both Hemingway and Ellington were American artists born only a few months apart in 1899, and both of their careers were deeply affected by the culture of…