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Eating Popcorn with Chopsticks: Novelty Is the Spice of Life

Popcorn, Chopsticks, Flute? A recent research study at The Ohio State University (my alma mater) recently caught my attention. I knew from the title that this was going to be

Yanny or Laurel? Yanny or Laurel?

Do you hear “Yanny” or “Laurel?” This audio clip was the internet sensation for May 2018. In it, a voice is heard saying a word. Many people hear either “Yanny”

The End of Average – book review

The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness Are you average? Author Todd Rose argues that nobody is average. We all have unique, jagged strengths and weaknesses.

Music as a Spiritual Practice

Since the beginning, music and spirituality have been inextricably linked. Every culture in the world has used music as a spiritual practice in rituals for healing, connecting with the Divine, communicating

Music Education Brain Research

Music Education and Brain Research Music education in the public schools has been under attack for decades.  Although parents and teachers have advocated for more and better music programs, having

Chrome Music Lab – Acoustics Sandbox Chrome Music Lab – Acoustics Sandbox

Chrome Music Lab Check out the Chrome Music Lab, a virtual playground for learning about acoustics. https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Experiments Chrome Music Lab – Fun with Acoustics! Click on something – anything – and

Flute Memes: My Favorites

Flute Memes Social media is overflowing with memes for everything, including music. Flute memes appear on my Facebook page nearly every day. For your enjoyment, I offer a collection of my

Music and Math: Three Concepts for Understanding Rhythm

Music and Math My job as a music teacher is to help students understand the basic elements of music. Rhythm is the most difficult of the “right-or-wrong” music elements (the others

I love Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut is my hero. I’ve read nearly every one of Kurt Vonnegut’s books. I love his wry humor and oddball social commentary. So it goes. This Vonnegut quote was

Improvisation Inspiration

Improvisation Inspiration As part of my “file cabinet” method for organizing practice, I encourage everyone to add improvisation to their daily practice. Remember, improvisation can take lots of different forms