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Concert Band Directors are music teachers, guidance counselors, administrative secretaries, event planners and fundraisers… all in one glorious position! We never think about that on the first day on the music job bringing the joy of music to the youth in our classrooms who sit quietly and patiently waiting on every word, the perfect models of discipline. No. We learn through surviving storm after storm and learning from our experiences... Each school that is fortunate enough to have a concert band, is making a commitment to having an ongoing band of students performing concerts throughout the year. Does anyone notice that...
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b2ap3_thumbnail_airguitar.jpgSo I stumble across this article in the NY Daily News about a National Air Guitar Championship being hosted in Brooklyn. This isn't a joke, here's the original article: Click Here to read it!

My first reaction was 'this can't be real'. Then I kept reading and starting to admittedly grow angry thinking ' that's not music, it's not music education, and they're hurting the craft of music teaching by giving kids false hope and inspiration while they PRETEND to play music'...

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b2ap3_thumbnail_jlennon.jpgThere was yet another story in the news about yet another Board of Education eliminating a music teacher and their program (you can read the original article here). The story tells of how a music teacher over the period of one year made significant changes to students' lives.

Parents and students both spoke out about how the woman's program developed their self-confidence, made them love school and how that one class period became their favorite class. They even recounted how this MUSIC teacher was able to increase the memorization skills of the students. The Board, of course, did and said nothing...
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