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Posted by on Nov 22, 2015 in Advice, Clinician, Creativity, Educator, Music Connections, Performer, Practicing with purpose, Tips for all | 0 comments

This is a very short and simple blog that I feel could help me re-focus and hopefully create dialog that is professional and informative for us. Here are the key points: EVERY ONE MATTERS STUDENTS CHOICE Is  COMPARTMENTALIZING Necessary? 1) EVERYONE MATTERS – I am finding more and more that “music education” programs are trying to find ways to put students in an ensemble that fits them or that they belong in. WHY Do you think that is? Aren’t the ARTS where we are suppose to encourage exploration, discovery, and CREATIVITY? Does everyone needs to fit in a mold of ONE thing or another. SPORTS PARALLEL = if I play soccer does that mean I MUST BE IN FOOTBALL TOO? What if I hate football? 2) STUDENTS CHOICE– Far too often I forget- no matter what level …. K-PHD...

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TODAY- Our perspective is our reality.

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in Advice, Clinician, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Here is what I have really found to be my “FOCUS” lately.  Quite Simply ……. TODAY. This picture was from a dear friends home. When I saw it I asked him, “so what is the deal with the sign?” He said – “Simply TODAY.” WHAT DO YOU MEAN? I find myself getting caught up in so much of the strategy of living life for tomorrow – next week – or even when I retire. YES REALLY like that is even an option now. Well, I have found myself, as well as the majority of people I am subjected to overlooking TODAY. So now I have all kinds of people that change my perspective daily. I mean I have friends that are survivors of illness or have so many things in their life that just make me SO frustrated with...

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Art for Art-“sake”

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Advice, Creativity, Educator, Music Connections | 0 comments

I learned a huge lesson yesterday from my 7 year old daughter about keeping my focus on Art for the sake of Just appreciating art. Today we have to fight for the Arts…… There are so many things tied to the arts to be considered a curriculum that is worth while in the world of education. Not to mention just putting our foot down to STOP them from being cut!  You name it we have it : From S.T.E.M. to S.T.E.A.M. to creating an integrated population of Math and Arts schools focused on why each of the two go hand and hand.  Please do not misunderstand me though, I do appreciate these efforts greatly.  However, I am starting to really question the perception of what art is?  Did people have a knee jerk reaction to taking children to hear...

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Repurposing Our Lives

Posted by on Jun 6, 2014 in Advice, Clinician, Creativity, Educator, Tips for all | 4 comments

Are we repurposing our life?   Or do we feel like we are useful for only one thing? There are only so more days left when I can snuggle on the couch with my children in the morning. The day is coming when my son no longer looks at me and says, “Daddy can we do something together?”  Even more realistic is how I have learned to tell my daughter she looks so pretty and at  ANY given moment nothing is more important than stopping to help my 3 year old to put on his shoes.  And so it is …….I still am finding ways to “RE-PURPOSE” my life at all times. Believe it or not, this is not a blog about practicing, or creativity, or even the arts.  In fact it is something that I have been thinking...

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How to use Technology to Create a Real Community

Posted by on Mar 14, 2014 in Advice, Clinician, Creativity, Educator, Music Connections, Palmetto Steel Orchestra, Performer, Practicing with purpose, Tips for all, Uncategorized | 2 comments

How to use Technology to Create a Real Community (Featured in the May 2014 Issue of The International Percussive Arts Journal) So many people have found a link between technology and reaching larger groups of people with their topic of choice. People Blog, Tweet, Instagram, and create massive groups on Facebook to name a few. All of these “technological tools” provide an instant audience. People seem to enjoy having an audience and we can admit first and foremost some deserve one and others do not. Most importantly, we are all finding ways to use these resources to create community. However, we must also provide a purpose for the type of community and digital environment we want to create. What is your purpose for using technology? Creating an online community is something I am still learning and bringing into a...

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“Using web time wisely”

Posted by on Jan 15, 2014 in Advice, Clinician, Creativity, Educator, Music Connections, Performer, Tips for all | 2 comments

Recently, I spent several hours in a room listening to students play an assigned solo and rudimental segment for the yearly prepared Region band auditions.  During the course of the day I had a crack in the Universe…..EPIC thought as I heard so many students make simple blunders and mistakes. The mistakes were ranging from confusing a rudiment, to completely choosing to “Back Out” of a simple sight reading selection. My thought was:  With todays resources on-line what is causing students to be so ill prepared?  I know what you might be thinking though.  Several students might not be able to afford computers or may not have the knowledge or direction to discover QUALITY WEB RESOURCES right? However,  as I travel from school to school and see more ipads, ipods, and computers in the schools I believe the former...

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