Over the past couple of years, my writing has received a fair amount of attention within the field of music education. In addition presentations at University of Illinois, Illinois State University, Michigan State University, the Illinois Music Educators Conference, and the Technology in Music Education National Conference, I’ve been quoted by others in national publications like Teaching Music Magazine (November 2010 & August 2011) and USA Today.
Most of my body of written work focuses on the need for music education to expand outward, meeting the needs of the other 80% of students who do not participate in their high school music programs. Some incorrectly assume that my writings reflect an anti-ensemble approach to music education. For the record, that simply isn’t the case. I believe that the large ensemble provides unique musical and social experiences that will serve children well into their adult lives. This is a case has been made by much smarter people than me and so I’ve focused my efforts on secondary general music offerings.
You will find links to some of my writings below. I hope that any potential employer will take the time to consider my points and my ability to present them coherently and with reasoned rationale. Also, while you’re reading, check out some of the comments from other music educators at the bottom of each article.
- An Unsolicited Address to the Music Educators of America – my first Leading Notes contribution. This article, for our “State of the Profession” issue, provides the best glimpse into my macro conception of music education.
- What We Get Wrong: An Illustrated Guide to our Advocacy Mistakes – an article referenced in USA Today and NAfME. Scott Shuler, NAfME president, also provided his own thoughts in the comments. This piece went viral, receiving hundreds of Facebook “Likes” and Twitter retweets.
- Fun Times and Laser Beams (or “What I learned from Ke$ha) – This is just one of my favorite blog posts. It’s short, situated in a concrete example, and kind of fun.
- Whose Tradition?: The “non-traditional” music student and the power of words – My call for the “progressive ensemble”. A nice example of how my Communication background influences my thinking on music education.