Author name: James McAllister

Welcome to 2024!

Where do I begin? It’s been almost four years since my last blog entry and so much has happened in the meantime. For a host of reasons, my webpage has fallen off the radar and gone fallow, and I’m pleased to say that I’ve been able to rid the site of any malware that had

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New Composition!

Fall is in the air and day by day we are gloriously easing into my favorite time of year. The cooler temperatures, bright colors, and sense of anticipation that autumn brings really makes me feel grateful to be alive. You can talk about spring bringing renewal all you like, but to me, the true season

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Recently I’ve been thinking about resilience. Webster’s defines resilience as “an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.” By necessity, musicians develop resilience as a skill to help with the rigors of the practice room or to cope with the rejection that sometimes comes with the territory. As music educators, we

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