Are We Really Teaching Students to be Creative When We Teach the Arts in Schools?

I believe we are sitting on the precipice of whole school reform in our country. Standardized testing has hit a tipping point; schools are still far behind when it comes to teaching critical twenty-first century skills; and there is a growing divide between the haves and have-nots that threatens to alter our society in ways we are not equipped to handle. But if our school system is dismantled tomorrow and built […]

 

What Makes a Great Music Teacher?

Greatness in teaching is just as rare as greatness in any other profession. Although it’s impossible to offer a prescription of qualities in order to cultivate great music teachers, understanding these qualities can give all would-be teachers a standard of excellence to strive for, and guide schools and parents toward what they should look for in current and prospective teachers. Here are just a few characteristic traits that I believe all great […]

 

Banded Educator Panel: Educators Helping Educators Week 5

We hope you found the viewpoints presented last week by our panel educators to be helpful. If you are taking your first look this week, welcome! In an effort to provide some additional tools to aide in your success, we have posed questions to educators from across the country; each with different experiences, focuses, and student demographics. We will post new questions and responses each week, so continue to check […]

 

Banded Educator Panel: Educators Helping Educators Week 4

We hope you found the viewpoints presented last week by our panel educators to be helpful. If you are taking your first look this week, welcome! In an effort to provide some additional tools to aide in your success, we have posed questions to educators from across the country; each with different experiences, focuses, and student demographics. We will post new questions and responses each week, so continue to check […]

 

A Few Truths Parents Must Understand When Their Child Begins Playing a Musical Instrument

It’s the beginning of another school year, and hundreds of thousands of school children around the country have chosen which instrument they want to play and have taken it home for the first time.  It’s exciting, to say the least, and possibly the beginning of a life-long journey towards a love of music, learning new things, and molding a growth mindset. That said, learning an instrument requires skills and traits […]

 

How Students Learn Self-Efficacy Through Instrumental Music Instruction

As a parent, one of the best things that I can hope for is that my children have the wherewithal to make their way through life armed with a wide variety of skills and a “can-do” mindset.  As a teacher, school leader, and professor, I have seen way too many young adults who are incapable of navigating their way through “real world” problems, and need someone’s help (usually mine or their parents’) — […]