The Power of Music

As you may know, I’ve challenged myself to post in my blog once a month for six months straight, and I’m happy to report that so far, so good! This is my third post in three months and I’m feeling good about meeting this goal so far. A few weeks ago, I went down to

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Concert Season!

I have challenged myself to write a new blog post monthly for the next six months. So, as my December entry, let’s talk about concerts. It’s December and that means concert time for myself and my colleagues all over the United States who direct bands, choirs, orchestras, and various other ensembles and small groups. While

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I’ve been privileged to have the opportunity to provide some incidental and scene change music for my theatre colleague Joe Gill’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire for the past two weeks and it’s got me thinking a bit about the nature of collaboration. Musicians must be good at collaboration to some degree; ensemble playing

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Gratitude is a word that we see a great deal this time of year, and it’s something that I’ve been trying to be reflective of in my everyday life since the fall semester began back in August. What I’ve found in doing so is that I have more to be grateful for than I ever

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the value of music

Lately I’ve been thinking about the impact of music on lives. Not only my life or the lives of my students, but on everyone’s life. We are currently in a debate in this country about the relative value of arts education in general and music education in specific. While those of us involved in arts

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Welcome to my blog and webpage! Thank you for taking the time to visit my site and check out this blog, which I hope will be informative, insightful, and maybe even a little bit fun. When I was a teenager playing saxophone in my high school band, I would never have dreamed that music would

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