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Research to Practice: Informal Music Teaching

By |February 2nd, 2021|

Action research is a great way to break into thinking about ways to improve what you teach, how you teach, and how students learn. I would even go as far as to suggest that most teachers are already doing this in their classrooms. Action research doesn’t have to be formal or fancy. It just starts with a spark of wonder or an idea. [...]

From Self-Published to Oxford

By |January 15th, 2021|

I am passionate about music education, specifically Popular Music Education, Creativity, and Informal Learning. So passionate, in fact, that I have written two books under my own publishing company, Steve's Music Room Publishing, and have been commissioned for a third through the Oxford University Press--yes, that Oxford University Press. I had always dreamed of someday writing a book about something. When I was a kid, I would write video game manuals and different things for fun (I know, weird). I am sure many other people have this dream [...]

Growing Young Professionals: Contracts

By |January 6th, 2021|

For this installment of Growing Young Professionals, we will discuss contracts with none other than Dr. Jenny Neff, Associate Professor of Music Education and Director of the MM in Music Education & Summer Music Studies Program at the University of the Arts. So, what are contracts? Most people sign contracts all of the time, even if they do not realize it. Checked to agree with the terms and conditions? That’s a contract! Signed a lease? That’s a contract! Took out a line of credit? Surprise, another contract! Contracts [...]

The New Normal: Starting a Job During a Pandemic

By |December 15th, 2020|

I started a new job this fall at Boston University and I love it. I am an Assistant Professor of Music (Music Education). My job is mostly to work with graduate students on interesting, challenging topics and publish research in my area of expertise. Basically, my dream job (after International Rock Star, for which there is no application process anyway, and to which I came as close as I ever will this past summer when I played on another obscure album with my best friend in the world, [...]

Holiday Gift Guide: Music Teacher Edition

By |December 11th, 2020|

I love gift guides. There's nothing better than someone on the internet telling me what I should buy for the people in my life! What is so great about gift guides? If you're someone like me (who does not enjoy shopping), it's nice to have a perfectly curated gift at the click of a button. This gift guide is specifically for the music educator in your life. As a music educator of 15 years, I am well-versed in the world of treble clef jewelry and cheeky music teacher [...]

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