Social Justice in the Classroom: What Is It and How Does It Work?

During the present time, one can hardly avoid hearing the term "social justice" on a daily basis. People in great numbers are demanding it, apologizing for avoiding it, and expressing anger at being denied it. The phrase contains two words, both important to understanding its meaning. Social refers to friendly, mutually beneficial relationships. From the word … Continue reading Social Justice in the Classroom: What Is It and How Does It Work?

A New Normal for Music Education

In every circumstance, whether we view it as positive or negative, freeing or restrictive, there is an opportunity to enter into something better. As educators now are afforded the summer months to reflect, research, examine and revise how music education is delivered to students, music educators will do well to take that opportunity to prepare … Continue reading A New Normal for Music Education

Navigating Teaching While Physically Separated from Students

For many of us, this COVID-19 pandemic has thrust us into distance learning quite suddenly and unexpectedly. Schools and students who found themselves equipped with technology had a solid basis upon which to start, while schools, and even more so students, who had little or no technology at home have been confronted with problems meeting … Continue reading Navigating Teaching While Physically Separated from Students

Managing Distance Music Teaching During COVID-19 Shutdowns (Updated Mar. 25)

Many of you are or will be experiencing long-term school closures du to the Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic. Many school districts are closing schools and asking teachers to teach online or prepare lessons students can take online for the duration of these closures, which typically are at least two weeks. For many music teachers, this … Continue reading Managing Distance Music Teaching During COVID-19 Shutdowns (Updated Mar. 25)

For Me

For the most part, this blog has always been devoted to what music educators can do for their students to improve teaching and learning. I have discussed a wide range of methods, materials, and experiences with the intent of serving my audience of music educators and music education majors. Through it all I have neglected … Continue reading For Me

Student Self-Reflection as a Tool for Teaching Social Behavior in the Classroom

In my post, "What We Become," I discussed the importance of students taking responsibility for their behaviors as part of a set of strategies for improving the learning environment. In this article, I will discuss one strategy for teaching this responsibility. It is essentially the "Think time strategy" (Nelson & Carr, 1996). It is a … Continue reading Student Self-Reflection as a Tool for Teaching Social Behavior in the Classroom

Music Is Becoming More Relevant Than Ever

I'm fairly certain we can agree that music conveys, expresses or evokes feelings and emotions. We've all experienced mood and emotional change while listening to music, and the relaxing or exciting effect music has not only on our emotions, but our bodies too as our heart rate increases, and we physically respond to music to … Continue reading Music Is Becoming More Relevant Than Ever

Managing Parent Contact for Music Teachers

As teachers, we all know that good communication with the parents of our students is important. Parents are interested in their child's education, and want to be informed on how thier child is doing in your class. They want to hear the good as well as the problems, and they want to do what's best … Continue reading Managing Parent Contact for Music Teachers