Professional Development

“I’m just so overwhelmed.” Bet you’ve heard — or said — that lately. Life sometimes feels like bailing water from a leaky rowboat.
I am continuing my quest to learn and use the Dorico notation program.
To paraphrase English poet John Donne, no man or woman is an island. He wrote that we are all “a piece of the continent, a part of the main.”
Music students work well in groups — they encourage each other, learn from each other and play in ensembles.
I approach teaching like a coach would their sports team. As music educators, we must always remind ourselves that music is an activity — it is an ACTIVE pastime for students. 
Flexibility. Focus. Creativity. And so many things to keep moving. Let’s face it: Music educators are consummate jugglers.
If hornist Larry Williams were a superhero, he might be called The Juggler. 
Michael Stone has experienced interpersonal conflicts from both sides of the podium. 
A percussionist’s gig bag brims with sticks, mallets, brushes, keys, heads and tape. When choosing the implements to include in their arsenal, drummers have important factors to consider.
“The world of musicians is small,” says Larry Williams, a French horn performer and teacher. 

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