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  • New Music for 2018-19
    It is hard to believe that summer is approaching August 1. Knowing that school is around the corner for many friends and colleagues in the ...
  • Happy Father’s Day!
    Happy Father’s Day to friends and colleagues who are dads to their own children, and to their bands. I count myself blessed to have an ...
  • Messiah Year 1: Lessons Remembered
    I suppose that every now and then it is a good idea to have a first-time experience all over again. I didn’t really plan on ...
  • Midwest 2017
    Hope to see friends and colleagues from across the country in just over a week at the 71st Annual Midwest Clinic in Chicago . I ...
  • PMEA District 7 Professional Development Day
    I am honored to be included among the list of presenters at the PMEA District 7 Professional Development Day on Monday, October 9, 2017. The ...
  • Circle of Fifths Poster a Hit!
    I was curious to see if any of my students would notice the new Circle of Fifths poster adorning our studio wall this week (surprisingly, ...
  • A New Piano Teacher Resource for Rote Teaching
    I recently came across composer Dennis Alexander’s website and was perusing his page of new compositions. (I love that he has free pdf samples from ...
  • Changes Coming November 1st!
    Thirteen years and one month ago, I launched Music Matters Blog after having meticulously planned out the first 30 days of posts in my idea ...
  • And the Winners Are…
    #16 – Marcia #14 – Jennifer #6 – Angela #4 – Diana #11 – Sandy #1 – Anna Congrats! Each of you will receive one ...
  • New Circle of Fifths Poster!
    At one of my piano lessons earlier this week, I made a reference to the Circle of Fifths with one of my students. As I ...
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  • 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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