#130. Recharge and Remember

#130. Recharge and Remember

As June approaches, and the end of this trying – to say the least – school year nears an end (for some parts of the world), I think this is the perfect time to reflect on what you achieved in the face of a tragedy of epic proportions. You should revel in how you...
#129. But It Matters Just As Much

#129. But It Matters Just As Much

As music teachers, we have always been concerned with the mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing of our students. We know that’s part of being a teacher. Our worrying about each child’s welfare, safety, progress, and success is part of our calling. And each of us...
#128. The Storm

#128. The Storm

Vivian Greene stated, “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” Though I have known those profoundly beautiful words for a long time, I started thinking that this moment in our lives may be the perfect one to...
#127. Just Another Rehearsal

#127. Just Another Rehearsal

What I wouldn’t give to be conducting a band rehearsal right now! Rarely have I said those words with more fervent feeling. I’d give just about anything to tell flutes they are out of tune, or trumpets that they’re forgetting accidentals, or percussionists that they...
#126. Time

#126. Time

Now that we have all gotten into the groove of distance learning, and most of us can’t leave our homes on days or hours off, we may find ourselves – more than likely – with more unstructured time to use as we wish than ever before in our lives. So this might be a good...
#125. Remember to Stop!

#125. Remember to Stop!

Now that most of us have been teaching from home for a while, I have been hearing wonderful stories of creative teaching, unique ways educators are widening the scope of what they teach, and teachers integrating our art with other subjects maybe even more than under...