Category: Personal experience

Puppy Dogs and Clarinets

When I would ask about a step up instrument, she always responded about how busy her parents were. DAD WAS A SURGEON, so I knew the price was NOT an issue.

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On Writing Well

I was updating my resume, philosophy of education and other job seeking materials, using expert advice from my son David who has an English PhD. He was kindly brutal as he tore apart and reconstructed my materials. I asked if he would recommend one book (he could, no doubt, have recommended dozens, if not hundreds) as an easy read for writing improvement.

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If pro orchestra conductors were evaluated like HS music teachers

As you write your objectives, keep in mind that your Professional Orchestra objectives and your effectiveness as a conductor will be determined by your evaluator who, in your case, is the Police Chief. The data you present will affect your employment status and pay increase/decrease.

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Trust: Today I failed.

I try hard to build, earn and enjoy healthy, appropriate, trusting relationships with students. I want them to be comfortable coming to me — and I think most are. About anything. Yes. I want to believe what they tell me — and try to. I’m not so naive to think that I’ve never been lied to, but I’m willing to take that chance by trusting first — and until I can’t. Through the years that I’ve taught, I think I’ve done pretty well most of the time. Today I failed.

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High Teen Standards

Over the years, however, and too many times – I’ve seen good people have to drop out of band due to decisions made in some of these couplings. A few years ago, I got a response from a former student…..

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The PSAT is more than just a practice test

If you treat the PSAT like it doesn’t really matter, like the average high school student treats most homework and tests, then it will not help you. But if you are willing to “practice and prepare”, it can help you get significant money for college. 

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Android Blue Screen of Death, but no panic

My phone died suddenly, but not totally unexpectedly (it had been increasingly acting up), when it went to the Android blue screen of death, but no panic. I was both prepared and pleasantly surprised with the smooth transition to a new

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3 Types of Thriving Teens Graduating

There are generally three types of thriving teens graduating and who will be walking across that stage.

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Pre-Digital-Devices Fidget Spinner

My pre-band childhood version of a fidget spinner may have accomplished something. Held on sides w/thumbs and spun w/other fingers. Nimble fingers help high-speed clarinet-ing or keyboarding?

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Teens are worth it!

Those of you in the adulting business, know that you can have a positive impact. Try, even when you don’t see the results, or the result isn’t what you hoped for. And then, when you get one of these occasional notes, recharge your advocating batteries and keep at it.

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