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Education reform: Here’s why I care


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I never intended to care about education reform. So boring, right?

When my firstborn child became old enough to start playing a band instrument, THAT’S when I started paying attention. Anyone who cares about music and arts education SHOULD care about education reform.

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Facebook Look Back: Their Gift to You on their 10th Birthday

Facebook turned ten years old today. Zuck gave us a shoutout:


To celebrate, they’re inviting you to take a walk down memory lane: a “look back,” if you will. Here’s what mine looked like; find out how to get yours in the video below.

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Attachment Unavailable: How to control the privacy of your Facebook photos

If you’ve seen the Facebook alert that says, “Some people may not be able to see this attachment because of its privacy settings,” you’re in the right place.

I have another short how-to video today. It’s one of those tricky little Facebook quirks that, if you know it, can make your life infinitely better.

Below the video is the transcript, if you’d rather scan that instead of watching the video. Enjoy!

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My Social Media Workflow

A while back, I came across this post where Brian Lundin outlined his social media workflow. Social media sites and tools have exploded, and it can be hard to know where to start or what tools are worth their learning curves. In this video, I outline my favorite sources for shareable content, and the trustworthy tools I use to share it.

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How to Share a Post from a Facebook Page to a Facebook Group

Often when you’re on Facebook, you find yourself thinking that there must be an easier way. Today, you’ve got one. Here’s how to share a post from a Facebook Page into a Facebook group.

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Incredible Music Dads Blowing Up the Internet

Wherever I look, I find myself steeped in paternal awesomeness, like this American Fork band dad. So I just had to take a moment to share it with you.

First up, is there anything sexier than a man with a pink ukelele singing with his firework-fearing four-year-old daughter? I think not.

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Music Education Advocacy Videos You Need to Watch

There are a lot of great resources out there, but these are music education advocacy videos I keep coming back to. 

In this first video, Roger H. Brown, President of the Berklee College of Music, talks about the value of music education in public schools.


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Favorite quote:

“I would argue to a pragmatist you need to [provide access to quality music education] because it motivates people to learn….A lot of the spiritual strength of people resides in ways that can’t be reached necessarily through academics.…Athletics and music have been the two things that kept people who hated school willing to come, to show up and at least finish.

The next video is audio of a talk by Jack Stamp, professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, on “Why Music Matters.” Listen to the demonstration of different levels of proficiency using the piece “Shenandoah.”

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Favorite quote:

You can’t let someone who doesn’t know about music take music out of our schools. You’ve gotta realize, parents, they won’t listen to us teachers. They think we just want to keep a job. They’ll listen to you.”


This next video is distilled music education advocacy, accompanied by a sweeping inspirational soundtrack. It would be perfect to play before or during your next concert.

Sadly, I’m not able to embed it here, but this 2009 TMEA keynote by the incredible Daniel Pink is a MUST WATCH. Seriously. Go.


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Favorite quote:

Arts education, especially music education, today is not ornamental, but is fundamental: that we should be for economic reasons adding it rather than subtracting it.…Arts educators are actually one of the most important bridges in bridging the education system… away from routines, right answers and standardization into into novelty, nuance, and customization.”

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Broaderminded is a new initiative from the National Association for Music Education. If you haven’t been to that website yet, GO. Pick up a tee shirt while you’re there.


“While listening to music engages the brain in some pretty interesting activities, playing music is the brain’s equivalent of a full body workout.”

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Everybody makes mistakes. Here’s how to handle it online (or anywhere else)

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So NBC News’ graphics department got a bit sloppy. Viewers noticed. Stuff happens.

They acknowledged the mistake right away. They explained their error. They made amends by doing a lovely little homage to New Hampshire. How could New Hampshire not forgive them?

New Hampshire Apology from NBC Nightly News

I had occasion to apologize myself a couple of weeks ago. I was promoting #ChalkTheBlock with the Norwin Area Arts Council. I took a team of students out to “prechalk” the block to build buzz for the upcoming event.

There was buzz, all right. Just not the kind I’d been hoping for.

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Marketing music education

I honestly never thought it would come to this.

If you had told me twenty or even ten years ago that I would have to actively fight to ensure my child access to the same music education I enjoyed, I would have thought you were Chicken Little.

Unbelievably, it’s become necessary to market music education to students, parents, administrators, school boards and policymakers. We need to “sell” them on music education.

“To sell well is to convince someone else to part with resources—
not to deprive that person, but to leave him better off in the end.”
—Daniel Pink, To Sell is Human

In marketing music education, we’re convincing students to part with their free time or to give up other activities. We ask them to devote energy to practice, rehearsals, and performance.

We’re convincing parents to part with cash, the time and gas to transport their child to lessons, rehearsals and performances; and furthermore, to assist the organization by volunteering and fundraising.

We’re convincing administrators to allocate time and the school board to allocate funding to music and arts classes during the school day.

We’re convincing policymakers at all levels that music education is not only worthwhile, but necessary. We’re communicating that music education prepares students not to become Grammy winning recording artists, but to be hardworking, productive, resourceful members of a cooperative society.

Luckily, there’s a lot of good news on the benefits of music education out there. The hard part is convincing people to take the attention and the time to share with those who need to hear it.

How can you sell music education today?