Album out now!

Dead Ends & New Beginnings, my new album of piano improvisations, is out now! I will have more to say about the process, challenges, and what I learned in the coming weeks, but for now you can read more about the project and listen here!

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What about qualitative assessment?

Teachers assess for multiple audiences. The best way to assess for grading, a teacher’s own use, and for administrators may each be distinct. But more time on assessment means less time for teaching and learning. How might an educator balance these? What about qualitative assessment of musical growth? Music teachers could document student process and… Continue reading What about qualitative assessment?

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Let’s Talk About QAnon

A week ago, radical Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol. Today President Biden was sworn in, but the Americans who supported the attack are not going away. For many, this attack was especially upsetting because it was their first significant encounter with the QAnon movement and its supporters. Personally, I can ignore the movement no… Continue reading Let’s Talk About QAnon

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My Education Philosophy for Musical Experience

My musical objective is to help students discover enjoyment and develop comfort in new musical experiences. Comfort and enjoyment lead to consistent and healthy experiences, which leads to musical growth. To achieve this, I first seek to understand their prior musical experiences and current musical comforts and enjoyments. I help them demonstrate and appreciate these… Continue reading My Education Philosophy for Musical Experience

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The Colors of my Curriculum

When designing music curriculum, I have an almost overwhelming array of options. To help, I am organizing these options like colors on a palette. These colors can then be mixed and used to paint the curriculum for a course, unit, or individual class. Colors of Musical Experience Aesthetic experienceMusical instruments (performance, ensembles, for self, others,… Continue reading The Colors of my Curriculum

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Is there anything more fundamental than developing sensitivity to sound?

We all experience the world differently. From a very young age, I was surrounded by music, aware of its presence, interested in it, and developing a sensitivity to it. I believe this is why, growing up, my musical development was far ahead of my peers. I was constantly attuned to and critically engaging with the… Continue reading Is there anything more fundamental than developing sensitivity to sound?

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2021: Democracy or Fascism?

The four major American political factions are progressivism, neoliberalism, conservatism, and fascism. Below, I will examine our current political crisis through the lens of these four factions and three of their defining values: social, fiscal, and procedural. In a perfect democracy, voters’ preferences would determine elections. In America, those with money to spare can shape… Continue reading 2021: Democracy or Fascism?

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Education & Fascism

John Dewey wrote in Experience & Education, “The question I would raise concerns why we prefer democratic and humane arrangements to those, which are autocratic and harsh… Can we find any reason that does not ultimately come down to the belief that democratic social arrangements promote a better quality of human experience, one which is… Continue reading Education & Fascism

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De-centering Faith in Education

Our education system is currently built on a faith-based model. Students who are successful learn to efficiently memorize facts but not to question what they are told. My own school experience almost always valued memorization over higher-order thinking. In the process, teachers neglect many other cognitive skills and habits. Faith accepting something at face value,… Continue reading De-centering Faith in Education

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