Articles

The following are some articles I have written over the years…

Music education is vital in teaching our children the knowledge and abilities they need in order to be balanced and productive members of society. For its many tangible benefits, music should be maintained and promoted as an essential component of elementary and secondary education.The Importance of Music Education in Public Schools

Music education is vital in teaching our children the knowledge and abilities they need in order to be balanced and productive members of society. For its many tangible benefits, music should be maintained and promoted as an essential component of elementary and secondary education. Continue Reading…

Years of scientific studies are proving what many of us have known all along: Music education makes smarter, more successful students that grow up to be more productive adults.Studies Showing the Benefits of Music Education

Years of scientific studies are proving what many of us have known all along: Music education makes smarter, more successful students that grow up to be more productive adults. Continue Reading…

For many teens who study music the question eventually comes up: should I major in music in college? The answer to this question is not easy. Ultimately, it will require some personal soul-searching along with plenty of counsel from the student’s teachers and parents. It requires an analysis of whether the student is well suited—in musical skill, work ethic and determination—for studying music in college and, most importantly, what realistic life and career goals that course of study will serve. If big these questions are answered satisfactorily, majoring in music can not only be a very rewarding collegiate experience, but the opening to a world of both future satisfaction and financial stability.Making the Decision to Major in Music in College

For many teens who study music the question eventually comes up: should I major in music in college? The answer to this question is not easy. Ultimately, it will require some personal soul-searching along with plenty of counsel from the student’s teachers and parents. It requires an analysis of whether the student is well suited—in musical skill, work ethic and determination—for studying music in college and, most importantly, what realistic life and career goals that course of study will serve. If big these questions are answered satisfactorily, majoring in music can not only be a very rewarding collegiate experience, but the opening to a world of both future satisfaction and financial stability. Continue Reading…

This is a question to which every music major must developed a strong, satisfactory answer. What are your goals in pursuing a degree in music? Are they reasonable? Will they lead to a career in which you can support yourself and your family? Do you love music enough to make it this big of a part of your life?  A music degree can take you in a lot of directions, often ones that you never anticipated as you began. It is your responsibility to make sure you end up where you want to go.Why Major in Music?

This is a question to which every music major must developed a strong, satisfactory answer. What are your goals in pursuing a degree in music? Are they reasonable? Will they lead to a career in which you can support yourself and your family? Do you love music enough to make it this big of a part of your life? A music degree can take you in a lot of directions, often ones that you never anticipated as you began. It is your responsibility to make sure you end up where you want to go. Continue Reading…

You have been preparing your whole life in school to enter into a major such as math, science or literature in college.  Music is no easy exception.  A music major entering into college is expected to have a set of skills and knowledge that also take years to develop.  Here is a quick overview of what those expectation are.What Can I do Now to Prepare for Majoring in Music in College?

You have been preparing your whole life in school to enter into a major such as math, science or literature in college. Music is no easy exception. A music major entering into college is expected to have a set of skills and knowledge that also take years to develop. Here is a quick overview of what those expectation are. Continue Reading…

A child’s job is to play.  I don’t mean on an X-box or sitting in front of Cartoon Network.  I mean real, old-fashioned playing.  Exploring, building, creating, imagining, figuring things...Music is Child’s Play

A child’s job is to play.  I don’t mean on an X-box or sitting in front of Cartoon Network.  I mean real, old-fashioned playing.  Exploring, building, creating, imagining, figuring things…  Continue Reading…

Perfect pitch (“absolute pitch”) is the capability of certain people to hear a note, without any harmonic context, and correctly identify its pitch.  Scientists are not certain how perfect pitch is developed, but there is a general consensus that it is a mixture of genetics and early-aged exposure/training.Perfect Pitch: Recognizing Notes Out of Thin Air

Perfect pitch (“absolute pitch”) is the capability of certain people to hear a note, without any harmonic context, and correctly identify its pitch. Scientists are not certain how perfect pitch is developed, but there is a general consensus that it is a mixture of genetics and early-aged exposure/training.  Continue Reading… 

An investigation into the meaning of Britten’s song cycle for tenor and chamber orchestra "Nocturne" from his use of key, tonality, chromaticism, rhythm, instrumentation and accompaniment figuration, and setting of poetry.Benjamin Britten’s “Nocturne” Part 1 – Introduction

An investigation into the meaning of Britten’s song cycle for tenor and chamber orchestra “Nocturne” from his use of key, tonality, chromaticism, rhythm, instrumentation and accompaniment figuration, and setting of poetry. Continue Reading…

Giving children voice lessons can be a safe and rewarding experience, provided it is done right.  It can prevent them from damaging their voices and prepare them for a lifetime of high quality singing.How to Teach Children to Sing

Giving children voice lessons can be a safe and rewarding experience, provided it is done right. It can prevent them from damaging their voices and prepare them for a lifetime of high quality singing. Continue Reading… 

Professional Review for “Little Musician” Software

There is an unfortunate, persistent myth in many of our cultures today that music is simply a medium of entertainment, and that it is best left up to those lucky few who are born with talent. But a growing consensus of research is showing something quite the opposite: music education makes people smarter, healthier, and more successful in life, regardless of whatever “talents” they are born with. Continue Reading… 

 

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