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  • It truly is an honor.
    Tomorrow (November 5th) I will be at Indiana University of Pennsylvania for their annual Junior High Honor Band Invitational. Dr. Jason Worzbyt (friend, colleague, and ...
  • In a Summer Daze
    When was July 4th? Same time as last year? When did that happen? I guess I am in a “summer daze”… To all my band ...
  • New music!
    I am eagerly awaiting the debut of “Fanfare for Years to Come” tonight by good friend Dr. Joseph M. Pisano and the Grove City College ...
  • Music is the Gift!
    As a music educator of over twenty years and a parent of school age children, I don’t always attend a live concert where I don’t ...
  • January 2016 – Apperances
    I am eagerly looking forward to working with the Lawrence County Senior High All-Star Band on Thursday, January 7th at Westminster College. I count many ...
  • End of the Year Music Teacher Checklist
    It is May...which means it's already time to start thinking about the end of the year! In my district, our last day is May 25, ...
  • Reflecting on your year
    I know it seems crazy to think of the school year in past tense, but with only seven weeks remaining in the school year, I'm ...
  • Helping all students feel welcome, part 1
    There will always be students who, for one reason or another, might not feel welcome in our classrooms, perhaps because of something happening at home, ...
  • Social Media for Music Teachers
    The way that social media is used has changed tremendously over the last few years. In the past, I used social media as a way ...
  • Melodic Intervention 101
    This past week, with my second graders, I have been doing centers to practice sol, la, mi, and do. Typically when I do centers (which ...
  • ¡Viva el Bajo! has transformed South Texas double bass culture
    When George Amorim took a faculty position at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, there wasn’t a single bass student. He decided to change ...
  • Double Bass News for 5/19/17
    Contrabass Conversations has a new headquarters!  After a hilariously challenging search, we landed a great pad along the waterfront in San Francisco.  Here’s a view down ...
  • Double Bass News for 5/8/17
    Only four weeks remain until the 50th Anniversary International Society of Bassists Convention.  I’ll be there, and I hope to see you there also! Viva ...
  • Double Bass News for 5/3/17
    I can’t believe that we’re only a month away from the 50th Anniversary Convention for the ISB!  I’m getting ready for what’s sure to be the ...
  • Double Bass News for 4/24/17
    Lots of exciting things are happening in the world of the double bass as we round out the month of April! Latest News After a ...
  • Carols for Christmastime
    Season’s Greetings! Yes, I am alive and well, even though I have been absent from the blogsphere :^). As I have these past three years, ...
  • Reflecting Goodness
    In a few days, students and I will be starting classes for the 2016 – 2017 school year. I think many teachers and students share ...
  • The Road Home
    The Road Home  Michael Dennis Browne Tell me where is the road I can call my own, That I left, that I lost, so long ...
  • Dear Mr. Dengler…with much love
    Two weeks ago, I called my dear high school music teacher, Mr. Dengler, to tell him that I have been appointed as the new Director ...
  • Finding New Choral Music – Ola Gjeilo
    Lately, I’ve been longing to hear great new music. New choral music to be specific. Sometimes, you just need to hear a beautiful SATB choir to ...
  • Whoa. Big news from MakeMusic.
    https://www.makemusic.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Weezic-Acquisition-Press-Release-final.pdf?utm_source=cheetah&utm_medium=email I don't know about your district, but mine has really gone in for Chromebooks.  We are 1:1 with that family of ...
  • First SmartMusic Assignment Is Out The Door.
    I have my first SmartMusic assignment out the door for all of my students as of last Friday. Because of the parent-student-teacher happening next ...
  • SmartMusic Enrollment Time!
    www.smartmusic.com (Background: At my middle school we are requiring everyone to have an account and we are paying for it with a student ...
  • Where Have I Been?
    Yikes! It has been a while since I have posted here. Personally, it has been an eventful summer for me and my family. ...
  • SmartMusic Training!
    https://www.smartmusic.com/training/smartmusic-workshops/ Are you looking for license renewal hours?  Are you required by your state to get some hours in "technology" even though you ...
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