Archive | March, 2010

Top 10 Lessons Learned from the PITS: Pit Orchestra That Is

By Mark T. Burke I’ve posted before on my beliefs about music teachers and performing.  Here’s the serious stuff:  Check out Teach, Practice, Perform.  Since I’ve spent the past week playing in the PIT with another 2 weeks coming up over the next month, this is the perfect day to reflect, share…and have some FUN!  […]

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What eLearning Organizations Can Learn from Classroom Teachers

By Mark T. Burke I walked into my friend’s band room the other day and within seconds we’re talking about the Smart Board, then about the MACs and then about the KORG digital recorder and so on and so forth. The conversation wasn’t focused on the bells and whistles though. For each tech tool, he […]

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Teach From the Beach: Summer Band Lessons Go Virtual

By Mark T. Burke It’s 9am on a beautiful summer day and you’ve just finished your morning bike ride.  You’ve read your daily blog feeds and even gotten in 2 cups of favorite morning beverage. You check your watch and it’s now 9:20, time to setup the laptop and prepare for your summer lessons scheduled […]

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Students Get "Doubling" Vision

By Mark T. Burke School musical season is here and it’s the time of year when I think most about instrumental doubling.  Why?  If you’ve ever played in a musical pit orchestra, you know the concept:  Cram a few musicians into a small space, usually under a stage or cat walk and have them play […]

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Don’t Tie Me Down to a Time: How kids should NOT practice

By Mark T. Burke “My son practices daily Mr. Burke, trust me. Every night before dinner, he gets his instrument out, goes into his bedroom and puts in at least 30 minutes.  If he forgets, I remind him to practice. He’s dedicated and wants to learn.” “Yeah, but he can’t play!” (my usual reaction).  I’ve […]

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Is This Thing On? Simple Rehearsal Recording Tips

By Mark T. Burke Once you have a great digital recorder in hand, then what? First let’s review the benefits of one of these little devices.  Just for clarity, I’m talking about REAL digital recorders, not those little voice recorders you can get at a local office supply store.  A great example is the Zoom […]

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Teach, Practice, Perform

By Mark T. Burke I am inspired by how many of my friends live the life of truly professional musicians.  By committing to teaching students, practicing on their own and performing frequently, these folks epitomize the definition of a professional musician.  To really inspire students to love music, they need to see that WE love […]

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