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Applications of The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande 

For summer reading, I chose The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande.   I watched Gawande's interview on the Daily Show some months ago and immediately bought the book.   The book is certainly going to help me as a music teacher, but for reasons I was not expecting. When I purchased the book I think …

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Ride to the Farm 

I recently took my Boston friend to live on a farm in upstate New York.  While driving along I-90, I realized how sparse the population is when you travel away from the big city. It's out there that I think school performing ensembles mean a lot more than they do in the cities and suburbs. …

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Musical Ownership 

I asked my friend during our Boston trip what music is to him.  I didn't mean for him to tell me how he thinks or feels about music, I wanted to know what immediately comes to mind when he thinks of music.  As with most of us, the first thing we tend to think of …

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A View from the Summit 

I am happy and fortunate to have several friends who have little to do with the world of professional music teaching.  Aside from the usual work-related politics stories, I can usually count on (and do count on) our conversations having either little or nothing to do with my professional life.  Recently, however I spent the weekend …

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Sousa’s Lament 

John Philip Sousa called the invention of the phonograph “the death of the American voice.”  While the American voice hasn’t silenced just yet, music technology created and continues to create profound changes to music as an art, a medium, and an intelligence.  Sousa might call these changes ‘bad.’  I hold that they are good, bad, and in …

Posted 95 months ago by

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