Professional Development

In college, my focus was instrumental music education. For over four years, I prepared myself to become a band director.
I created Swick’s Classroom, my YouTube channel, as a solution for a non-musical substitute during my four-week paternity leave in 2018.
For several years, I have taken the curriculum planning and classroom management approach of backward planning and modified it to a pedagogical approach for percussion students in grades 6 through 12 within the Wakeland High School cluster in Frisco, Texas.
How many times have you said to yourself, “I wish I knew THAT before I started teaching”?
At Lake Worth Community High School in Florida, Dr. Tiffany Cox finds a way to provide access to music for young musicians, no matter the challenge.
One of the most effective actions we can take as music teachers is to seek an understanding of our entire school and community and not just our music program.
One of the challenges of being a band, orchestra, choir or general music teacher is how to manage everything in the classroom.
Within the mallet instrument family (marimba, orchestra bells, xylophone, vibraphone), the vibraphone or “vibes” is the newest member and the most unique.
Hello! My name is Aleah Fitzwater, and I am a licensed instrumental music educator. In this guest blog post, I want to share some tips on how to recruit, retain and captivate the students in your private lessons studio. Let’s go!
Music educators in rural settings face a unique set of challenges.

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