A Musical Mason in Boston–and Cincinnati

Lowell Mason has been called the father of American music education. In 1838, he convinced the Boston School Committee that music should be part of the curriculum for all students.…

Four Benefits of Music Study

To quote Tim Lautzenheiser, the study of music gives learners access to increased levels of Creativity:  Creativity is the source of all possibilities. We are constantly challenged to explore this…

Desert Skies Symposium Call for Papers

The 13th Biennial Desert Skies Symposium, sponsored by the University of Arizona College of Fine Arts/School of Music, is scheduled for February 21–23, 2013 in Tucson. Research reports are solicited…

College Board Reports Support Arts Standards

The College Board, in partnership with the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS), has released two new research reports designed to support the revision of the National Arts Education…

Take Time to Plan Your Day

To be more efficient, try this tip from Jere Humphreys: “During my second year as a school music teacher, I tried the business organizational trick of writing down all my…

Music Standards Down the Track

It’s true: There’s a movement to recreate the National Standards for the Arts, including music. According to Deborah Hansen, immediate past president of the State Education Agency Directors of Arts…

Music Learning Research—Two New Books

Oxford University Press has just published a two-volume work about research on music learning that combines the expertise of 20 well-regarded music researchers. Volume 1, titled MENC Handbook on Research…

Roots and Blooms—Gifts to Share

Don’t forget your roots,” says Fritz Siler in a recent Georgia Music Educators Newspiece titled “Pruning Roses.” The people who helped you get where you are today can be compared…

We Can Begin Again

The secret to success in any field may be getting up one more time than you’re knocked down. Mary Ellen Cohn, executive director of the Maryland Music Educators Association, was…

Seven Qualities of Great Learners

Great music teachers are often great learners—and foster these qualities in their students. In a recent article in Phi Delta Kappan magazine, researcher and author Kirsten Olson noted that many…