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Music Beyond the Classroom: Interview with Stage Manager, Sami Slovy

For this installment of our music beyond the classroom series, we caught up with master-of-all-trades, Sami Slovy. In 15 years, Sami has built a name for herself as a well-respected person in the music industry. She's worked as a tour manager (Neko Case, Trombone Shorty), production manager (Beach [...]

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I wrote a song a day for a month. Here’s what I learned.

Are you a songwriter? Do you want to be a songwriter? I've thought a lot about songwriting this past year. Last spring, I taught a course at Temple University for undergraduate music education majors called collaboration and creativity. One of the assignments was to write a song. For [...]

By |2020-02-20T16:35:52+00:00February 20th, 2020|F-flat, Guitar, Inspiration, Musicians, Songwriting, Stories, Writing|0 Comments

Research in action: Student perceptions of a composition project within a concert band setting

Background This past year, I spent a lot of my time investigating and researching student perceptions of  composition projects that they were completing in their band class. This research was for my master’s field project but the entire process was incredibly enlightening and informative. The research showed [...]

You teach what?!: Music education in virtual schools

Virtual Education When I tell people I teach music at a virtual school, they often have a hard time wrapping their heads around how it all works. My school has no physical school building. All of the teachers, students, and staff go to school via computer. Yes, I [...]

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Music Beyond the Classroom: Interview with Violist and Social Media Influencer, ThatViolaKid

When I told my students I was interviewing Drew Alexander Forde for my blog (AKA ThatViolaKid), their jaws dropped. One even said, “Wow. You’re not a boomer!” Drew, a dynamic personality and incredible musician, has won over music fans with his engaging social media presence. A Juilliard [...]

By |2020-01-12T12:34:40+00:00January 12th, 2020|Interviews, Music Beyond the Classroom, Musicians, Series|0 Comments

Music Beyond the Classroom: Interview with Ben Gundersheimer (“Mister G”)

For the next installment of our Music Beyond the Classroom series, we caught up with Bend Gundersheimer, affectionately known as "Mister G" to all his fans. Ben is a true entrepreneur and manages his performing career with a successful writing career while he continues to tour and record. [...]