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3 years later

Sometimes, you need to step away; and, I stepped away for nearly three years. Here is what I’m currently working on: Engagement For decades, it has been widely agreed that engagement in schools refers to students’ behaviors with which they intensely … Continue reading

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incomplete justification

It is the school band, comprised of a plurality of students – amateurs – who are participating for many different reasons. Kaplan (1966) refers to Reimer and says that we weaken the position of music education when we provide unnecessary … Continue reading

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If we start wishing…

If we start wishing that things were different without accepting the way things are, then we start to lose touch with the ground, to lose our rootedness, and risk being blown away on the winds of idealism. Peter Merry in Evolutionary … Continue reading

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alternatives to school-based

The recreation and leisure services profession in the US is one whose primary purpose is to “generate significant public support for (the recreation movement) in order to advance the development of best practices and resources that will make parks and … Continue reading

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Music ed serves many purposes

I am drawn toward a pluralist perspective on the purpose, importance, and placement of music in our public and private lives. Music education sits at an intersection of interpretive and critical epistemologies. I understand music to be an opportunity that … Continue reading

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Yet another report on the benefits of early music training

Another cycle ends and begins…around the country, there is still the sound of bass drums, trumpets, and piccolos wrapping up another session of “band camp”; and, while this isn’t the case for every school, many of us are holding on … Continue reading

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Music for everyone!

Music must have a place in everyone’s life; it is an ordinary experience for all. Historically significant musicians, including composers Carl Orff, Paul Hindemith, Zoltan Kodaly, and Percy Grainger agreed that music had to have a place in everyone’s life … Continue reading

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