May 20, 2020

I've started curating resources related to the music education profession and the COVID-19 pandemic. Our professional organizations have began sharing information and recommendations for the music education community. This is just the beginning and there will be a lot...

April 22, 2020

When my school district first started with remote learning, I created assignments that focused on fundamental music skills like key signatures, rhythms, and etudes along with some enrichment activities. But now that Illinois has recently announced that students will co...

April 21, 2020

Don't short change your percussionists during remote learning! Add some variety to their remote learning activities and assignments with BUCKET DRUMMING. YouTube makes it so easy with video play-a-longs. Here's a playlist to get you started:

April 18, 2020

Although teaching your music students online is very new to most every teacher, use these steps below to make your live online teaching experience successful for both you and your students. Hosting a Google Meet helps to bridge the instructional gap by enabling live in...

March 25, 2020

If you teach at a school that has recently instituted e-learning days, here’s a list of online resources and tools to design and create learning activities and assignments for your students. In the list below, many of these have a short video overview or tutorial of ho...

November 16, 2019

Building on the popular Ten Strategies for an Effective Middle School Band Rehearsal I wrote in 2017, here's ten more strategies you can incorporate into your ensemble rehearsal.  

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August 19, 2019

22 years of teaching middle school band and I still get excited about beginning a new school year. Seeing eager new and returning students is invigorating and reminds me of why I became a teacher. The importance of our actions cannot be underestimated during those crit...

July 1, 2019

As part of the Music for All Summer Symposium Director's Academy, I was fortunate to present with my good friend and fellow Middle School Coordinator, Greg Scapillato. The goal of this presentation was to share ideas and strategies to improve the way directors choose t...

February 1, 2019


  • Smore - create online newsletters, flyers, and even websites.

  • Canva - easily create beautiful designs & documents. Great for promoting concerts, fundraisers, and events on social media.

  • Poster My Wall - create amazing posters & graphics for y...

December 17, 2018

For our Winter Band Concert, my students recorded a personalized concert welcome for their parents and relatives to view before the concert. This was a huge hit and a lot of fun to create! Read-on to learn how to create this experience for your students.

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