End of Summer Music Activities

Wow, it has been quite the whirlwind of a summer. I know you’re probably thinking the same thing I am, “Can’t summer go a little longer?”  Oh, well, we can’t change the past, but before the next school year begins, it can be fun to take a look back at what has been...

Summer Music Making

Although I took the summer off from weekly teaching music, I did not take the summer off from music. During the summer, I was actively involved with music in a number of ways such as accompanying, singing in choir, singing in a men’s group, playing in orchestra, and playing organ.

Treble Clef Bingo

With summer comes lots of new adventures, times of rest, and great memories. I hope you all have a wonderful summer. Sometimes, parents look for ideas to keep a little music learning still active and fresh in their children’s heads while still taking a summer break...

Post Office Game

Having fast note recognition is often hard for students, but being able to quickly name a note is important and makes learning new pieces much easier. Although using flashcards is a great way to help improve note recognition, students and parents often wonder how to...

The Thrill of Composing

Making music is way more than just playing what someone else has written. Making music also consists of the musician creating his/her own music. I love to make my own music, and I endeavor to guide my students towards having the desire, theory, and technical...

Summary of Music Masters Conducting Module

During the first full week of January, I had a wonderful time of taking a week long module conducting class for my masters program in music. The class was taught by the distinguished Dr. David Brown, and the week was packed with tons of learning. The class was...

Lesson Planning

Working with students and watching them learn is always such a privilege and something I cherish. Watching the students’ progress is so rewarding for me as a teacher.

Baroque History

What do you think of when you think of Baroque music? Do you think of boring music, harpsichords, or powdered wigs? These are often associated with Baroque music, but the Baroque era has so much more to offer and is quite interesting to learn about. Of the four main...