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In Music Education, Longevity Matters

Posted on September 29, 2016 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (5)

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 ...

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Why Your Child Should Start Learning an Instrument

Posted on August 29, 2016 at 7:45 AM Comments 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.


Physical Skills

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Thomas J. West Email Updates and RSS

Posted on July 29, 2016 at 9:45 AM Comments 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with many web-based tools, I tend to be on the front edge of things, and the tools and services I use sometimes become outdated.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...

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5 Steps to Creating a Cool Music Video on a Tight Budget

Posted on July 18, 2016 at 8:15 AM Comments 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 ...

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A Beginner's Guide to Becoming an Online Album Reviewer

Posted on May 31, 2016 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

I’d like to thank Thomas J. West for sharing this information with his great readers. His blog is a great resource within the industry and there are a lot of great resources such as this piece on finding a music career for your personality type...

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Building a Community On Patreon: IceRequiem's Halls of the King Soundtrack

Posted on February 18, 2016 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

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...

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Harness the Power of the Online Learning Community at Musical U

Posted on February 12, 2016 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I haven't done a review article in about 3 years, but this was a great opportunity that I couldn't pass up. Musical U is an online music theory and ear training website that contains learning and practice materials as well as a vibrant learning community of professional and amateur musicians. The site is designed with the self-taught amateur musician in mind, bu...
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How to Grow Your Patreon Page, Part 8: DON'T GET SCAMMED!

Posted on February 7, 2016 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

How to Grow Your Patreon Page


In this video, I share the results of my pledge-for-pledge campaign on Patreon for the month of January 2016 and discuss the new Dashboard feature, the new Referral program, and unfortunately show you how I got scammed out of $25 this month!



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Thomas J. West Joins the Drum Corps International Adjudication Team for the 2016 Season

Posted on February 3, 2016 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

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I am pleased to announce that I have officially been accepted as a new member of the adjudication team for Drum Corps International for the 2016 season.

DCI is the premiere non-profit youth competitive marching arts organization in the world, featuring the top marching brass a...

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Music Careers for Your Personality Type

Posted on January 30, 2016 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Music Careers for Your Personality Type

Music Careers For Your Personality Type


Far from just art for art’s sake, music is business: big business.


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