My Instruction Philosophy

My focus is not to train students to just reproduce prepared material. I want students to understand what they play, not just play it. When instructing beginners or introducing a new subject — dumb it down, leave stuff out. Make it easy as possible. Once the student [...]

By |2022-01-10T14:07:41-05:00October 13th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

“Pandemic Flux Syndrome” and Teaching: Why it feels so hard

I read an article by social psychologist Amy Cuddy and JillElyn Riley titled, "Why this stage of the pandemic makes us so anxious." I also heard Amy Cuddy talk about this article in an interview with Brene Brown and the term "pandemic flux syndrome." As an educator, everything [...]

The Asterisk: Ableist Language

Welcome to The Asterisk*, a new regular column where we’ll chat about diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in music education. The function of an asterisk is to quickly give readers a baseline of knowledge so the reader can dive into content. This column aims to introduce or refresh [...]

By |2021-03-23T13:26:08-05:00March 23rd, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails

Since our schools closed their doors almost five weeks ago, I have been flooded with so many emotions. For a while, I could not really determine what these emotions were. I just knew each day felt different. After reflecting, I began to realize that what I was feeling [...]

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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