Understanding How Music Composition Works

Over the course of my teaching career, I have had my students do a variety of things under the guise of creating or composing music. Too often, I have expected them to go further with composing than than I had prepared them to go. Part of the the problem for me was that I confused exploration, improvisation, … Continue reading Understanding How Music Composition Works

Update on my Switch to Fixed Do

You can now listen or download my posts as podcasts. To do this, please visit Mr A Music Place: The Podcast. Last month, I wrote about using fixed do solfege in my music classes (Another Try At Fixed Do). At that time, I reported early success with fifth and second grade students sight singing using the … Continue reading Update on my Switch to Fixed Do

Early Childhood and Learning How To Sing

You can now listen or download my posts as podcasts. To do this, please visit Mr A Music Place: The Podcast. Two years ago, a music education major in his senior year spent two weeks observing me teach, and trial teaching my students. Over the course of those two weeks, he expressed his surprise at how … Continue reading Early Childhood and Learning How To Sing