This is a large think tank for all music educators. It was created when I sat down one evening and continued to come up with nothing for a new lesson plan. The goal is to be a follower-based blog, where followers submit and post content for others to react and give feedback.
My Name is Andy and I am an 18 year old high school senior accepted into the Northern Arizona University Tuba/Euphonium studio for fall 2014. Now I know what your thinking-this kid isn’t a teacher, why would he post here?
I believe that music education can begin at nearly any age. As students we all influence each other, we learn from each other, and we build our musical ability off each other. Students pass their knowledge of music on to the younger classes. Some people, such as myself, take it a step further.
I take my knowledge and love of music to the elementary schools and junior high schools in my area and assist the teachers there. Currently, I am working on starting an after school brass basics class at one of the elementary school’s I volunteer at and provide focused attention to a tuba player there with ADHD, which hinders him from learning how to read music as fast as the other students. It is truly amazing to see him progress!
I am truly grateful for the opportunity I am give as a young music educator and I’m very happy to be doing this for the rest of my life.
As some of you may have noticed, I have taken an indefinite hiatus from tumblr. I was getting quite fed up with my personal blog and I almost deleted it. However, it is my involvement with #education that made me keep my account. I won’t be running my tumblrs as I used to, but I feel I am doing this community a disservice if I continue to neglect this blog. I will be returning solely to maintain this blog and to do some promoting for #education.
Earl Williams left us this evening after a short battle with brain cancer. He was a great man and a legendary jazz drummer. No one plays, anymore, like he did. May he RIP.
From his BIO
“Earl Williams, a native of Detroit, Michigan, began studying drums at the early age of eleven. While in Detroit, he studied at the Detroit Conservatory of Music and the Detroit Institute of Musical Arts. At age fourteen, Mr. Williams began playing professionally around Detroit, working with such artists as Lester Young, Barry Harris, Della Reese, and Yusef Lateef. A year after graduating high school, Mr. Williams left Detroit to tour with his father’s (Paul “Hucklebuck” Williams) big band. While with the band he played with such artists as Ruth Brown, Chuck Berry, Paul Anka, Frankie Avalon, Sam Cooke, and Big Joe Turner. After two years with his father’s band, Mr. Williams left to join pianist Eddie Heywood. It was during this period that he permanently moved to New York, where he found his skills as a diversified drummer to be in great demand. He began working with many different artists, including Mary Lou Williams, The Swingle Singers, Eric Dolphy, Diahann Carroll, Jaki Byard, and The Major Holly-Tommy Flanagan trio. He also worked as house drummer at New York’s famous Apollo Theatre.
Mr. Williams soon became very active as a studio musician playing on all types of recording including radio and television commercials. His television credits include a year at WNET with the Reuben Phillips Orchestra on the “Soul Show”, two and a half years at NBC with Seldon Powell on the “Someone New” show with host Leon Bibb, and a year at ABC with the Charles Randolph Grean Orchestra on the “Jack Parr Show.” Mr. Williams also has several Broadway shows to his credit, among them are “Funny Girl,” “Hair,” “Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope,” and “A Chorus Line.”
Earl Williams’ ability to handle any musical situation has afforded him the opportunity to perform with a wide variety of artists, including Teddy Wilson, Sonny Stitt, Sy Oliver, Warne Marsh, Ron Carter, Zoot Simms, Lena Horne, Shirley Verrett, Jean Pierre Rampal, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Valerie Capers, Larry Rivers, Opera Ebony, and The Alvin Ailey Dance Company.”
I am a music educator who majored in trumpet. I currently teach band, 2 choirs, orchestra, and jazz band. I have been teaching for almost 10 years now and started when I was 22. Taking piano seriously definitely helped me in my choral teaching skills. I also got a master’s degree in orchestral conducting. During my undergrad I took 2 years of choir, 4 years of wind ensemble, and 3 years of orchestra. All of that ensemble experience was key in learning how to teach. The constant practice of conducting and being assistant conductor for all of those ensembles at some point led me to be a very competent musical leader. Once you have that confidence in musical leadership, you can teach any ensemble at the high school level.
straightmaninlovewithaman: I just wanted to add to the last answer. I'm currently a trumpet music ed major, and I'm trying to take piano lessons and choir to equip myself to be a capable choir director, and I'm trying to familiarize myself with the orchestra world as well. As far as employment, the more experience you have in different ensembles and on different instruments will be the most beneficial. I'd try to go to a school that has a possibility of adding a piano concentration or doubling in the two.
I agree. Try to get you hands in as many things as you can without over extending yourself.
pianistpower: hello! I am wondering, as a future music education major; should my principal instrument be trumpet or piano?
This is a tough question to answer, mostly because there is no straight answer I can give you. It’s a decision that you need to make and it requires a great amount of introspection. From a music ed standpoint, trumpet majors are most likely going to be sent down the band track, possibly orchestra as well. Piano majors tend to go either the choral or orchestral track. It all depends on what school you go to. I guess that’s something to keep in mind with your decision.
I hope that helps. Check back for updates from anyone that adds to this.