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3.5 Rules for Picking Christmas Music

It’s that time of year, when music teachers all over America (and I assume other places too!) begin picking Christmas music with their students. I enjoy this particularly because it is like hitting the reset button for the students: they … Continue reading

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Don’t Do That! (Try This Instead!)

By Dr. Matthew McCutcheon This is a list of common pitfalls that many school ensemble directors unknowingly fall into. While directed more toward wind ensembles, these can be applied just as easily to chorus or strings. The basic concepts are … Continue reading

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Gorgeous Icelandic Hymn

A gorgeous hymn sung by a men’s choir in a train station. Sure to enhance your evening. 🙂 Árstíðir is a band from Iceland. Here they are singing the 13th century Icelandic hymn “Heyr himna smiður” at a train station … Continue reading

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Music Appreciation Class Lessons – Timbre, Ensembles, Genres

These are some lessons that I did as a unit on a 4 week school week in a middle school music appreciation class. We discussed the timbres of instruments, different ensembles, and different genres. The recorded music can all be … Continue reading

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“Did you know?” Facts about music’s effect on us.

In 2012 I had the privilege of teaching at a middle school and working with a very kind and smart student who loves music, and enjoys composing. He is now a sophomore in high school and taking composition classes. This … Continue reading

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Music and Autistism

I found an article today about how music helped one autistic student to find confidence, feel more socially secure, and improve in verbal skills. I have taught several autistic students, and I have seen them do wonderful things through music. … Continue reading

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It will get better!

As I was subbing the other day, and lamenting the behavior of the terrible chorus children I had in those classes, I longed to have my own classroom. Then I thought to myself, “why would my own students be any … Continue reading

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