Music has been shifting from a venerable acoustic tradition to a digital era that affects most music genres worldwide. Students in this new era need to understand the preceding conventions for making music even as they depart from them.


With the introduction of small,...

Today, we are flooded with musical arrangements of all kinds. Through the years, I have heard Bach’s “Toccata in D minor” as accompaniment to a video game, Mozart’s “Turkish March" in a toy cell phone, Poulton’s “Aura Lee” (a.k.a.“Love Me Tender”) in a very quick tempo...

Originally Published: American Music Teacher

I always enjoyed improvising on the piano as I was growing up in a small town near a farming community in western New York State.

However, when I took piano lessons, this creativity was discouraged. According to my teachers, t...

I grew up in a rural community near Niagara Falls in New York before moving to a West Virginia town on the Ohio River during my sophomore year of high school.  From an early age, I could play and improvise popular music and church hymns by ear on the piano, and I quick...

Some might call it “Old School” to prefer receiving and distributing good old fashion printed materials at conferences and workshops… but I don’t mind the label!


A faulty laptop, projector or sound system is all too common at these events and I find the risk not worth...

I mostly skipped high school physical education classes to help the music teacher.  But little did I dream that one of the greatest experiences in my life would come from an association with the world’s best athletes.

My adventure as pianist and arranger for the 1968 U....

Originally Published: Music Educators Journal

Music technology is a growing part of the information and multimedia revolution that is being fueled by computer technology. Electronic keyboards, music software, and computers are tools that can greatly aid students in perf...

Originally Published: Music Educators Journal

Group keyboard instruction provides a positive and motivating environment for elementary school students. Each student has the opportunity to explore the keyboard and to discover his or her musical talent, as well as to be p...

Originally published: American Music Teacher

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My piano and organ studio, “Keynote Workshop,” is unusual in that I teach only adults, primarily in groups. The objective of Keynote...

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