Category: Teaching

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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And the band plays on – at Graduation

Seniors are gone and school is out. Marching band, for many, is already up and running and the next year is under way. The local band has a parade performance three weeks after school is out.

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Marching Band Myth Busters: Why I Can’t Be In Marching Band

“I am not in marching band because… I can’t march, can’t memorize music, need a job, am in sports”…etc. All MYTHS. Check out these myth-busters.

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All Music Award

ISSMA All-Music Award to Huntington North Total Department

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“Don’t do education!”

…there are so many things you do without thinking about them — that you’ll be a terrible teacher. How will you explain playing in tune? You do it, but you can’t tell me how. What are you going to do when your band gets some technically difficult passage, just tell ’em to ‘play it’? How will you explain hearing what you see? A performer never has to explain those things. And besides, you don’t want to waste your time on teenagers. They are high maintenance, make stupid decisions and ruin their lives. And your failures will significantly out number your successes. Don’t do education. Be a performer and get paid for what you can do.

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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…..

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Raise the bar with PRACTICE

It is like texting except you’re using all your fingers

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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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Teacher to Student after Talking To Parent: Is It True?

Sometimes, engaging and talking to teens, outside the authoritative imbalance of parent/child or teacher/student is challenging. For some of the others, what follows is one of my favorite tactics.

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Band Students Make Better Employees

By John Gardner Teens are looking for part-time jobs during high school. Common is the parental directive that he must at least pay the insurance and for the gas to drive the family car — or to purchase her own

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