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You are very brave. 

When I was a kid in the first orchestra I ever played in my orchestra director shouted at the top of lungs to me in the back of the room. "Chris, I can't HEARRRR YOUUUUUU!!!!! Look, if you're going to make a mistake, make it LOUDDDD so that we can fix it and move on!" …

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Good Form, my boy, Good Form! 

Audio Sequencing Tools like Reason, I've realized are really, really powerful teaching tools.  I guess, the value of such software on a few levels.  The music that most of  our students hear on a regular basis, particularly in the genre of pop use a tremendous amount of such software.  A way of engaging kids in …

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Lets Dance! 

Oh. My. Goodness. So, I love electronic music, I really do. I write a fair amount of pop music on my own think that programs like Reason (I'll talk more about that one), and Garageband are excellent tools for teaching kids music; particularly since a lot of what we hear has some basis in these …

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Truly committed…even on bad days…. 

Yesterday I spoke with a friend of mine who has committed her life to public health. She serves poor, mostly minority teenagers and young adults in Harlem who do not have health insurance.  She complained that too many people on her job do not care about the actual young people they were helping. The manner …

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Computers! 

Two weeks ago in a course at Teachers College that is focused on physical activity and education, a fellow student of mine made a statement that snatched my attention. “I don’t let my son onto the computer at all; It’s a sure way for him to become a completely sedentary human being.” Person after person …

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Studio Time 

I am currently involved in a project with my brother in which we are writing our own music (mostly R&B and pop music). Last week we went into the studio to record the music, using singers who we've met over the years, as well as demo-singers.  I found that our work in the studio had …

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YOU CAN SING!! 

It all started some weeks ago when, over dinner, a friend of mine admitted to me confidentially "You, know I could never sing..." Self deprecation in most cases is a sign of modesty that is to be held in high esteem; however this is the sort of phrase that causes me to cringe every time.   …

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YouTube In School 

Yesterday was Superbowl Sunday, and yes, like the rest of America I was glued to my television watching the action. While I didn't really care about the outcome (Packers? Steelers? eh...), there was a moment of controversy before the game even started that I believe merits attention.  Christina Aguilara, the famed pop singer, delivered a …

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Music edu. and Creativity  ☆

For the year and  a half that I've been in graduate school, the question "Why is Music education important" is one that I feel like we've tackled in a variety of ways. When Dr. Pogonowski first posited the question to me in her Creative Arts Laboratory class, I recoiled.  Why, I reasoned, do WE have …

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