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Four Elevators and a Lift

I know I haven’t blogged for a bit, and I don’t really have good excuses other than my life to me at least seems boring. I just spent the last three days at the Ohio Music Educators Association annual conference. I gave a session on Google Tips and Tricks that was well received, so that…

Energy Management

It’s officially the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and that means it is one of the busiest for any and all musicians. Just the day to day at school is taking more out of me, and it is a grind. I am up at 4:45am every school day, so that I am in the…

Neurology Follow-up

This past week I had a neurology follow-up again, finally. There is good news, and mixed news, but nothing that I would really call “bad news”. The first thing is they may never know exactly what happened this past January. Here is what we do know however. I do not have MS. Doctor was quite…

Beware, bad trope EDM probably….

04- Addressing Western European Bias in Music History Music for Teens

When asked to revise and restart a course that hadn't been offered for the better part of a decade at my school,  I took it as an opportunity to diversify the topics addressed in a music history course.  Using Ethan Hein's blog post on Teaching Whiteness in Music Class,  I took a real reflective look at the barriers of music history and how it is not all about the Beethoven, Bach and Brahms.  I also address how to talk about the hard topics of past and current racism and classism in the music industry with students.Strategies are also given on how to implement student choice in assignments, and make assignments that your students will actually want to complete.  
  1. 04- Addressing Western European Bias in Music History
  2. 03- Are the Teenagers Alright?
  3. 02- The Teenage Brain and Music Class
  4. Why Music for Teens?

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