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All feature articles and blog entries are opinions based on Mr. West's personal experiences as a music educator, composer, adjudicator, and clinician. His comments do not reflect positions of the Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School or the Center for Performing and Fine Arts in any way. Mr. West endeavors to express all opinions with the highest degrees of impeccability and integrity.
|Posted on September 29, 2016 at 7:05 PM||comments (3)|
As of this writing, I am entering my nineteenth year as an American public school music educator. My career has taken many unexpected twists and turns, leading me to teach in four different school districts. In my current setting, I teach sixth through twelfth grade band and strings for a small performing and fine arts program attached to a cyber charter school. It is ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 29, 2016 at 7:45 AM||comments (0)|
There may be a reason why musos think they have it all. Studies show that adults with some childhood musical experience perform better on selected cognitive tests than adults who had never studied music, and this advantage seems to become more prominent as we age.
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|Posted on July 29, 2016 at 9:45 AM||comments (0)|
I got my first web-based email account on Yahoo in 1998. It is hard to believe that my primary personal email account has been online for almost 20 years! As I have found with many web-based tools, I tend to be on the front edge of things, and the tools and services I use sometimes become outdated. I continue to use them, however, because the monumental task of migrati...Read Full Post »
|Posted on July 18, 2016 at 8:15 AM||comments (0)|
Creating good music videos is not an easy thing to do. Making videos on a low budget is even more difficult. One thing remains, no matter how big your budget is – the process of making music videos is always the same. When starting to work in this field, a person needs to learn to get the most out of the ...Read Full Post »
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At the $4 pledge level on my Patreon page, I use my Facebook page (700+ likes), Google Plus profile (400+ followers), Twitter account (2,500+ followers), and my award-winning Music Education Blog to help promote a fellow Patreon creator's creation.
Today, I'd like to feature another cool creation by #Patreon creator IceRequiem. This original mus...Read Full Post »
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