Category: Teaching Music

Remote Instrumental Music Coach

By John Gardner I’ve worked with this particular band director before. He teaches in a small school in a rural part of Indiana not blessed with an abundance of instrumental specialists to help his students with private lessons. A few

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Domain decisions

The initial price is only for those who auto renew. The LOWER price is for those who might leave.

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Goal of 80% Does Not Work in Music Education

By John Gardner The opinion editor of the school newspaper writes about the new S.L.O (Student Learning Objectives) teacher evaluation process. S.L.O. is part of the State Department of Education’s RISE Evaluation Model for schools and teachers. If you want to

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When you hear that students today are behind

WHAT students must learn today is so much more complex than what we needed to know back in a previous century. Below is a good visual. It would have been much easier to learn to identify and differentiate the crayon colors available in the 1930’s vs today, wouldn’t you agree?

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Safety, Transparency and Reputation when Coaching Students

By John Gardner For a short while during my earliest teen years, without concern about walking to and into his home, I studied piano with a single guy who lived a few blocks away. During high school freshman year, I took

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Using Band as Punishment

By John Gardner Teens can be quite the challenge sometimes, but I thoroughly enjoy engaging their youthful enthusiasm as they shape their futures by making decisions and learning from the decisions they make. Sometimes they make poor decisions and need instruction,

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Teens I Admire #1

By John Gardner Adults who are afraid of teenagers or who feel like teens of today are nothing like those from their day (adults have been saying that forever, right?) ….. or who think the quality of teens is crumbling…..

Sight-reading Tips

By John Gardner Musicians auditioning for acceptance or for music scholarships are working on prepared pieces — likely the same piece he/she is using for solo contest. An aspect of many auditions that are a challenge is the demonstration of sight-reading

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My Philosophy of Education and why I interact with students the way I do

I share these correspondences to make several points. I utilize a variety of technologies in communicating, informing, teaching and mentoring. I have earned my students’ trust and they are comfortable coming to me in times of crisis outside the subject I teach. I am making a LASTING IMPACT on these students’ lives! I don’t just teach music, but use music education to change people’s lives for the better.

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Drum Major Auditions

Below is p1 of a 3-page Drum Major Audition packet. If you share yours, I’ll send you the rest of mine.

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