Year: 2014

The fallacy of teaching effectively through fear

A friend of mine asked a question on Facebook last week if any of us teach through fear. This was something that was relatively common when I was growing up, especially in the drum corps activity I was involved in.

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How being a job coach for others is helping me

In my day job, I work part-time as a job coach for folks with developmental disabilities. I want to talk about how this helps me as a teacher and a human. The best way for me to get my mind

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The benefits of clear, succinct thinking

As some of you might recall, I’m in the process of writing a book. Right now the book is about how I perform and how I teach, and I call that “song drumming”. This book is about teaching folks how

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Using service to remind yourself of the ‘pure intent’ of what you do for a living

I want to talk today about why performance is so important for me as a musician. It’s not as selfish as it may appear from the outside—there’s actually a service aspect of this. Really! From the outside, performing music may

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How I learned to ‘walk without a limp’

I’ve been totally excited for the past couple months–I finally have an actual mastermind group that I belong to! And here’s one of the reasons why I’m excited… First of all, what IS a mastermind group? Here’s one definition–http://www.thesuccessalliance.com/what-is-a-mastermind-group.html The

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The benefits of slow practice

I talk to my students a lot about breaking down what they’re working on into smaller pieces and practicing slowly. I want to spend a little time taking about this, and how it applies outside of music. This is important

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I have ‘writers block’. Discuss.

One of the things that I do to keep this blog up and running on a weekly basis is I have a number of blog topics lined up in advance. Many of them, in fact, I’ve also already written. And

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My first teaching memory

I recently read a quote that good teaching is good talking. And I grew up around teachers–my mom and my stepfather were both teachers. So, even though I figured out late in life that I was put here to teach,

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Being nervous is good (really, nervousness gets a bad rap)

(It’s been couple of weeks. Blog and website trouble. Big lesson: know your limitations as an IT guy. *oy*) I talk to my students about the idea that ‘nervous is good’ when you’re performing. For me, there are two ideas

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It’s all just…life

All our strengths point to our weaknesses (and vice versa). All our bad experiences have good experiences inside of them somewhere. There are no purely positive or purely negative experiences. It’s all just different sides of the same coin. Yesterday

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