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I Have The Best Students in The World

In the 9 years I’ve been teaching music I’ve never complained about a private student who won’t practice or is uninterested. I’ve never had to hustle to keep a full roster of students. I’ve never had to chase parents around for money. The struggles that I’ve listened to my fellow private instructors talk share just...

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Hating on Pop Music

I did three majors in college, finally arriving at a Jazz Studies degree. Before that I spent time as a percussion performance major and a music education major. All three areas of learning did a lot of good for me but there was one pattern throughout those communities that I just never understood. Hating on...

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Hard to Understand

I haven’t quite figured out how to explain what I do for a living. Most occupations need no explanation or maybe very little, but that’s just not the case as a musician. Being a musician comes with the stigma (perpetuated mostly by movies, books, media and fearful parents) that artists are probably poor and starving, possibly lazy,...

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This Life Is Beautiful

I had an ideal day today. I woke up at 7:00 AM to coach two middle school percussion sections at one of the most successful middle school band programs in the area. Talented band director, receptive kids. Beautiful. I stopped at Sam Ash to look at some equipment and ended up trading licks with another...

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One Chance

I wish I could go back to middle school and fight to play the drum set in the band room a little harder. I wish I could go back to high school and ask more questions in music theory. I wish I could go back to college and practice a bunch more. I wish I...

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