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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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No Longer a Standard of Excellence 

Since becoming the high school band director I have made an effort to visit the three middle schools that send students to our music program.  All of the teachers have been welcoming, friendly and have even allowed me to meet and work with their students.  After visiting one eighth grade class, I asked what method …

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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. …

Posted 79 months ago by

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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 81 months ago by

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