Professional Development

After two years of teaching elementary general music, I was ready for a change, so I applied to a music education master’s program and for more band jobs.
Imagine training as a music educator while you’re still a senior in high school.
Music teachers are unique individuals, but they often share a few common traits.
In less than three weeks, the Ralls County R-II School District in Center, Missouri, more than doubled its beginning band program.
“Nerv-i-cited” is how my daughter describes the feeling of being simultaneously excited and nervous.
Ever since I can remember, I have been writing music. I premiered my first real composition, entitled “The Mysterious Island,” when I was 8 years old.
In the summer of 2018, I began my tenure as the director of bands at Shelby County High School (SCHS) in Columbiana, Alabama.
Yes, you read the title of this article correctly — please proceed with caution because this topic may offend most music teachers.
When I started at St. Michael’s Catholic Academyin Austin, Texas, about 10 years ago, I was faced with two challenges: low student program participation and school size.
Many students dream of becoming performers, but because it is so highly competitive, that world can be brutal and disheartening.

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