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Things you can do with a Music Education Degree

One of the things I get to do every year as a full time college professor is produce an "Annual Review," and one of...

Recordings as a Guide in the Journey for Inspiration

I once knew a teacher who discouraged students from listening to recordings when preparing solo repertoire. This teacher felt that it was important for the...

Food for Thought, A Recipe For Success

Imagination + motivation = CREATIVITY. A recipe for success. Get fired up and get those creative juices going!

Fancies, Toys and Dreams; When Does a Dream Become Folly?

A reality check begins with some questions. This is a difficult issue for me to relate in words and it not fully fleshed-out yet. I...

Rebranding a Dream

Not just for symphony orchestras & brands of soda. A recent article by Mitch York at MSPMentor.net presents a nice lesson for us on the...

Off Topic: Something Cagey is Afoot

Compare and contrast. I have a love/hate relationship with the composer John Cage. I love his writings and I love the heady philosophical concepts behind...

Art and Culture Dead in America?

Monster trucks and Paris Hilton. There is an air of desperation here in Arizona. The state faces a huge 1.2 billion dollar budget deficit (which...

Horns and Poetic Plums

A nice poem from the New Yorker. Thanks to Russ Smiley for pointing out a very nice poem at the New Yorker website. French Horn by...

Horn-tastic TV Themes Finale

From the golden age. A terrible science fiction movie starring Sylvester Stallone and Sandra Bullock a few years ago had one interesting premise. The main...

Horn-tastic TV Show Themes (IV)

Wild Wild West. In the height of the Cold War/James Bond era, there were numerous copy-cat movies and television shows that involved secret agents and...